Psychosis & Schizophrenia - More Detail
People with psychosis or Schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated.
When someone becomes unwell in this way it is called a psychotic episode. An episode is a period of time when someone is having symptoms of psychosis that interferes with normal day to day life.
Psychosis is most likely to occur in late adolescence or in the early adult years. Psychosis can be treated and most people the experience.
People with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking.
Families and society are affected by schizophrenia as many people with schizophrenia have difficulty holding a job or caring for themselves, so they rely on others for help. About 1% of Australians have this illness.
Types of Psychosis