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Psychosis Awareness

Psychosis: What to Look For

Psychosis usually develops over time. It can happen suddenly, but th​​​at’s not common. Psychosis often begins with new unusual thoughts or changes in how the person thinks about things, changes in feelings, or in usual patterns of behaviour that go on to become stronger and often cause upsetting experiences.

Find out more below to learn more about the early symptoms of psychosis.



  • can’t think straight; thoughts are all mixed up and confusing
  • believe you have special, superhuman powers
  • think others are spying, watching, following or plotting to harm you
  • find hidden messages for you on the TV, radio, or Internet
  • develop an strong interest in the occult or religion that’s unusual for you and your family


  • feel or show less emotion than you used to

Physical Signs

  • hear voices when there’s no one around
  • are very sensitive to sounds, lights, or colours
  • go days with little or no sleep but feel full of energy


  • make changes that concern your family or friends—they say you’re just not yourself
  • do reckless behaviours that can hurt you or someone else

These experiences don’t automatically mean you have psychosis. Many of these changes aren’t just seen in psychosis. Other things, like other kinds of mental health problems, using drugs, a medical problem, or a temporary reaction to stress can cause these changes.

Not everyone has the same symptoms or has them at the same level. Knowing what symptoms to watch for and getting help can prevent problems from getting worse.​

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