What is a Psychosis?

A psychosis is a serious mental illness which anyone can develop. It is characterized by changes in thinking and perception as well as sensory and behavioral changes. Psychoses can manifest themselves in various people in very diverse ways. A psychosis is usually a temporary condition in which a person perceives reality to be changed or disturbed. Typical signs can be hallucinations, delusions, and difficulties concentrating. Psychotic symptoms can also occur in illnesses such as depression, mania and organic brain disease. The illness "schizophrenia" constitutes a psychosis of pronounced severity.

Individuals who experience a psychosis for the first time, and also their family and friends, often do not understand what is happening to them. For this reason it is important to inform oneself and ask for help. Adopting a "wait-and-see" attitude runs the risk of wasting valuable time. The longer the psychosis goes untreated, the more unfavorable the course of the illness can be.