What is psychosis?


Psychosis is an umbrella term which encompasses
a range of medical conditions characterised by psychotic clinical features. The psychotic
clinical features include delusional thinking, which reflect disorders of thinking based
on false or incorrect beliefs, which are out of character for that individual. There are
also hallucinatory experiences which represent false perceptions, hearing voices, seeing
things that you shouldn’t be seeing, perhaps hearing, smelling and tasting things that
don’t exist. The other psychotic clinical feature is disordered thinking: when one is
unable to express what one wants to say, such that the listener is unable to understand
or follow the conversation. All the psychotic conditions are characterised by poor understanding
from sufferer that they are suffering the distorted reality.

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