Understand what psychotic illness is
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Psychosis refers to a period of detachment from reality where a person may experience hallucinations, delusions or disorganised thoughts and behaviours. The causes of psychosis are complex and varied including genetics, early childhood development, adverse life experiences, drug use and other factors. It often develops in adolescence or early adulthood, and early intervention at this stage is important to later outcomes. Many individuals withdraw from others, making it difficult to determine what is going on.
With the right support and treatment, most people diagnosed with a psychotic illness will be able to lead a healthy and meaningful life.
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