Youths

You are young and you wonder why your friend, your brother, your sister, or even your classmate behaves
strangely.

Family

You are the spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or friend.
You are concerned about one relative.


Professionnal

You are a professional who works with youth in the social services or educational network.
You are concerned about the mental health of a young person you know.

What you should know about psychosis

Psychotic disorders are considered as one of the more severe forms of mental illness, and they strike up to 3% of the population. Most often, symptoms begin in adolescence and young adulthood and can easily be ignored for many months and even years.

Psychosis is a disorder of the brain that results in loss of contact with reality. The changes can affect the person’s perceptions, thoughts, emotions and behaviour.

At some point, everyone has felt suspicious, thought they heard a voice or saw something that turned out not to exist. Generally, we realize our misperceptions and adapt our points of view to reality. However, if a person is unable to distinguish between his or her perceptions or beliefs and objective reality, these convictions may be psychotic.

Various pathologies can result in a psychotic state and include schizophrenia, induced psychosis, bipolar disorder and delusional disorder.

When left untreated, psychosis causes persistent suffering and interferes with the person’s ability to fulfill their professional, familial and social obligations.

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