Psychosis is a collection of symptoms which affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Symptoms can appear suddenly or gradually. Examples of these symptoms include:

  • Beliefs not based in reality (delusions)
  • Experiences of things which aren’t there (hallucinations)
  • Jumbled thoughts and speech (disorganized thinking)
  • Limited emotional expression (flat affect)
  • Loss of motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Distinct changes in behavior

First Episode Psychosis

Psychosis is more common than many people realize. About 3% of people experience an episode of psychosis at some point in their lives. While schizophrenia is the most common cause of a first episode of psychosis (FEP), many who experience psychosis never develop schizophrenia.

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