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Psychosis

Are you at risk of harming yourself or someone else?

If you or your loved one needs IMMEDIATE help, call the West Coast mental health crisis team on 0800‑757‑678 (24 hours, seven days a week).

If you are concerned about someone's behaviour and think they might harm themselves or someone else call the Police on 111. Safety should always come first. If you are concerned about someone's dangerous behaviour, but you don't think it is immediately threatening anyone's safety, contact the mental health crisis team using the contact details above.

Psychosis is something that happens when a person's brain function becomes seriously disrupted. Someone with psychosis stops understanding what is real and what is not. This can be extremely distressing for them and for those around them.

When a person is experiencing psychosis they may:

Psychosis happens in serious mental illnesses such as chronic (long-lasting) schizophrenia, severe depression or bipolar disorder. It can also happen in response to severe stress or drug or alcohol abuse, and then might never happen again. One in five people who have psychosis for the first time recover fully and don't have another episode.

Canterbury DHB has more detailed information about psychosis, its symptoms and its causes.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Updated July 2016.

See also:

Medications for mental health issues

Suicide help

In this section

About psychotic disorders

Do I have a psychotic disorder?

Living with a psychotic disorder

Support for families & friends of people with psychosis

Psychosis & young people

More information about psychosis

More information about schizophrenia

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