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Mental Health Monday: What is psychosis?

Is psychosis an illness or a symptom?

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — 100,000 people experience psychosis, disruptions to a person's thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t every year.

Researchers say they have found several reasons for the symptoms to appear in a young person.

These include hormonal changes in the brain due to puberty, genetics, trauma such as a death in the family, war, or sexual assault.

Substance use such as using marijuana or LSD, physical injuries, and mental health conditions like schizophrenia bipolar disorder or depression.

Some signs that someone may have psychosis include lack of motivation in school, lacking concentration, a decline in self-care, and spending more time alone.

luckily there is a treatment for the symptom. The treatment is called coordinated specialty care or known as CSC.

This is where specialists work with a person on their work goals. Usually, therapy is a one on one session, but in this case, the family is encouraged to be a part of the treatment.

All of this information is from National Alliance on Mental Health, NAMI. For more information, visit NAMI's website

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