Psychosis and Schizophrenia

What is Psychosis and Schizophrenia ❓

 Psychosis is the experience of abnormal thoughts, mood, behaviour and perception of reality 💭

 Schizophrenia is a long term disorder which includes psychotic episodes

 Risk factors: family history, illicit drugs, steroid medication, stress and trauma in early life 👪

What are the Symptoms of Psychosis and Schizophrenia ❓

 Hallucinations (feeling/seeing/hearing things that are not there) 🦄

 Delusions (the strong belief in something not true)

 Confused thoughts/speech 🗣


 Social withdrawal 🚫

 Dulled emotions


 Persistent, longer term symptoms 📆

How do you Diagnose Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Psychiatric assessment 🏥

How do you Treat Psychosis and Schizophrenia

 Monitor symptoms 🔍

 Support via mental health team

 Therapy e.g. behavioural, family, art 🎨

 Anti-psychotic medication 💊

 Hospital psychiatric admission

Why should I Worry about Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Higher risk of heart disease and diabetes

Increased risk of suicide

 Higher risk of social exclusion & substance misuse 💉

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