Around three percent of young people will experience a psychotic episode. Vinod Srihari, MD, at Yale Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, describes psychosis as “having trouble distinguishing what’s real from what’s not real.” Episodes can take the form of hallucinations: “hearing, seeing, feeling or tasting something that isn’t really present in the environment,” or beliefs that someone is trying to control your thoughts, says Dr Srihari. This video addresses the common symptoms surrounding psychosis, explains some misconceptions, and offers more information on Mindmap, an outreach campaign designed to educate the public. While the exact causes are still unknown, Dr. Srihari says that the earlier someone is diagnosed, the more effective his or her treatment will likely be.
This information is useful for adults and older adults