Most people think of psychosis as a break with reality. In a way it is. Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t. These disruptions are often experienced as seeing, hearing and believing things that aren’t real or having strange, persistent thoughts, behaviors and emotions. While everyone’s experience is different, most people say psychosis is frightening and confusing.
Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness, and it is more common than you may think. In the U.S., approximately100,000young people experience psychosis each year. As many as3 in 100people will have an episode at some point in their lives.
Early or first-episode psychosis (FEP)refers to when a person first shows signs of beginning to lose contact with reality.Acting quickly to connect a person with the right treatment during early psychosis…
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