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“I’d hear voices in my head and become delusional”

Anthony lives with psychosis

Psychosis & Schizophrenia

Psychosis can lead to severely disturbing thoughts - making you hear and see things that aren’t there, and even lose touch with reality. Schizophrenia includes psychosis as well as other symptoms such as a lack of motivation or less interest in socialising.

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People with schizophrenia have a split personality

Schizophrenia does not cause a split personality. But it does lead to a distorted – and often distressing – view of the world.

At what age is schizophrenia most likely to develop?

You can begin to experience schizophrenia at any time, but it’s most common between the ages of 15 and 35. Around one in every hundred people will be affected in their lifetime.

Can you pick out some of the common symptoms of psychosis?

Pick as many as you think

These are just some of the symptoms, but you can find out about more below.

People with schizophrenia are more likely to be…

In reality, someone with the condition is more likely to be a victim of violence. They are also at greater risk of self-harm too and as many as 10% of people with schizophrenia will commit suicide within ten years of their diagnosis.

What causes psychosis?

People develop psychosis for all sorts of reasons. It can stem from another mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, or it can be caused by drug use, brain injury or extreme stress. Having a family history of psychosis can also increase the risk of developing it.

Often the reason is unclear, or there could be a combination of causes.

Over the course of a year, a number of events took their toll on my mental health. I became overwhelmed and I began to behave differently.

People with schizophrenia and psychosis never get better

Schizophrenia and psychosis can be life-long conditions, but you can manage your symptoms with a range of treatments, including anti-psychotic drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy. The support of family and friends makes a big difference too. Eventually, some people even find that their symptoms disappear completely.

I still live with my illness, but I’m in a much better place than I was. And remaining close to my family has really helped.

Anthony didn’t recognise the world around him

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Psychosis & Schizophrenia