PSYCHOSIS & Youth
What is Psychosis?
|early warning signs||Descriptions - It is different for different people and someone may have a range of symptoms or just one. Some of the symptoms of psychosis are listed below:|
Everyday thoughts become confused or don’t join up properly making sentences unclear or hard to understand. A person may have difficulty concentrating, following a conversation or remembering things. Thoughts can seem to speed up or slow down.
It is common for a person experiencing a psychotic episode to hold false beliefs, known as delusions. The person is so convinced of the delusion that the most logical argument cannot change their mind. For example, someone may be convinced from the way cars are parked outside their house that the house is being watched by the police.
In psychosis a person can see, hear, feel, smell or taste something that is not actually there. For example, hearing voices that no one else can hear, or seeing things that aren’t there. Things may taste or smell as if they are bad or even poisoned.
How someone feels may change for no obvious reason. They may feel strange, and cut off from the world with everything moving in slow motion. Mood swings are common and they may feel unusually excited or depressed. A person may seem to feel less or show less emotion to those around them.
A person with psychosis may behave differently from usual. A person may be extremely active or have difficulty getting the energy to do things. He/she may laugh when things don’t seem funny or become angry or upset without apparent cause. Often, changes in behaviour are associated with the symptoms already described above. For example, someone who believes he is Jesus Christ may spend the day preaching in the streets or may stop eating because of concern that food is poisoned, or have trouble sleeping because of being scared of something.
These symptoms could be signs of many things, including adolescent behavior. Early intervention increases the chance of a successful recovery and so it is important to address changes in one’s thoughts, behaviors, moods and perceptions. If you are experiencing some of these early warning signs please contact us immediately 1-925-681-4450.