Psychosis is a serious, but treatable medical condition affecting the brain. It usually first appears in a person’s late teens or early 20s.
Psychosis refers to a loss of contact with reality and can dramatically change a person’s thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, mood and/or behaviours. When people can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is not, it is called a psychotic episode.
A first episode of psychosis is often very frightening, confusing and distressing for the individual and their family and friends because it’s an unfamiliar experience.