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Someone who develops psychosis will have their own unique set of symptoms and experiences, according to their particular circumstances.
But in general, four main symptoms are associated with a psychotic episode:
These are outlined in more detail below.
Hallucinations are where someone sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels things that don't exist outside their mind.
A delusion is where a person has an unshakeable belief in something untrue.
A person with persecutory delusions may believe an individual or organisation is making plans to hurt or kill them.
A person with grandiose delusions may believe they have power or authority. For example, they may think they're the president of a country or they have the power to bring people back from the dead.
People with psychosis sometimes have disturbed, confused, and disrupted patterns of thought. Signs of this include:
People who have psychotic episodes are often unaware that their delusions or hallucinations aren't real, which may lead them to feel frightened or distressed.
Postnatal psychosis, also called puerperal psychosis, is a severe form of postnatal depression, a type of depression some women experience after having a baby.
It's estimated postnatal psychosis affects around 1 in every 1,000 women who give birth. It most commonly occurs during the first few weeks after having a baby.
As well as the symptoms of psychosis, symptoms of postnatal psychosis can also include changes in mood:
If you think there's an imminent danger of harm, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.