Quick Facts about Mental Illness – Psychosis

These are complex biochemical brain disorders that often first appear in young adulthood.. Sometimes people experience delusions, hallucinations, hear voices and have feelings of confusion. Only a qualified practitioner can help find the right diagnosis and treatment options.

Often there are clear signs when a person is in an episode that is apparent to teachers, classmates, friends, family and even the general public.

Signs may include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety and/or suspiciousness
  • Mood swings (extreme happiness to anger)
  • Reduced ability to focus and feelings of disorientation
  • A dislike to being touched by anyone
  • An extreme sensitivity to noise, light, colours, textures.

During an episode symptoms may include:

  • Increased confusion
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Altered emotions
  • Behavioural changes

If any of these episode symptoms are observed by staff or students, every effort should be made to contact staff designated to assist in these situations. Counselling or advising staff should be notified.

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