Psychosis is an experience in which a person loses touch with reality. People experiencing psychosis may have sensations that are not really there, such as hearing voices others cannot hear. They may also have firmly held beliefs in something that is demonstrably false, even after being confronted with evidence of its falsehood.
About 3% of Americans will experience psychosis at some point in their lifetime.
Definition of Psychosis
While it has multiple characteristics and stages, psychosis is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom or an experience.
A psychotic episode can happen on its own, or be part of a larger illness such as schizophrenia.
The hallmark characteristic of psychosis is difficulty in interpreting what is real and what is not, but people experiencing psychosis can also have other symptoms such as:
- Incoherent or nonsense speech
- Inappropriate or…