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Some drugs such as hallucinogens, marijuana and amphetamines may trigger a psychotic episode. Treatment of psychosis usually involves medication, and if someone is experiencing a psychotic episode, it is important that they seek help from a doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist.



Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterised by disturbances in a person’s thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behavior. It affects approximately one in every hundred people worldwide. There are a number of signs and symptoms. They are divided into two groups: ‘active symptoms’ that reflect new or unusual forms of thought and behaviour such as delusions, and ‘passive symptoms’ which reflect a loss of previous feelings and abilities.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing some of the following symptoms, contact your GP:

  • Having hallucinations

  • Strange & disorganised thinking

  • Hearing voices that may not be heard by anyone

  • Having false beliefs know as delusions

  • Experiencing paranoia

  • May appear quite flat

  • Strange & disorganised behaviour

  • Having difficulty speaking


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