This Royal College of Psychiatrists factsheet explains what psychosis is and gives practical help and advice.
The term ‘psychosis’ is used to describe when a person loses touch with reality. Young people can behave very differently when they are feeling stressed, confused or very upset. In fact, these are rarely signs of mental illness. Psychosis is usually more severe and disabling.
It is one in a series of factsheets for parents, carers and professionals working with young people entitled Mental Health and Growing Up.