Psychosis & Schizophrenia
The word psychosis is used to describe symptoms that affect a person’s beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Psychosis can cause someone to misinterpret or confuse what is going on around them.
For example, a person who is experiencing psychosis may hear voices when alone but the voice is heard internally and so is very real to him/her.
It is not a 'split personality', as it has sometimes been referred to in movies or the media and contrary to previous beliefs, many people with schizophrenia lead happy and fulfilllling lives, with many making a full recovery.