Facts About Psychosis

Psychosis Facts

  • Psychosis is a medical condition that affects the brain where there is some loss of contact with reality
  • A first episode of psychosis usually occurs in teens or early adult life
  • Psychosis affects males and females equally
  • Approximately 3% of all individuals experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime
  • Psychosis has no boundaries. It occurs across cultures and levels of status
  • Using drugs can place young people at risk
  • Young people who have a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia have an increased risk
  • The experience of psychosis varies greatly from person to person; individuals experiencing psychosis can have different symptoms

Psychosis is NOT

  • Caused by bad parenting or poverty
  • The result of any personal failure of the individual
  • A split personality

When young people have difficulty coping, it can take various forms. Anxiety, depression and substance use can often be signs of difficulty. But it could also be psychosis. 

Psychosis is treatable and recovery is expected. For more information about psychosis, visit the psychosis resources page.