Psychosis and schizophrenia

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Psychosis is the inability to distinguish between reality and imagination. It presents as a cluster of symptoms that can occur as episodes over a short period in time.

If you are experiencing psychosis, your symptoms may include:

  • disturbance of thought, skipping from one idea to another
  • withdrawal from contact with other people
  • paranoia that other people or the world is out to get you
  • delusions, ie believing in things that are untrue
  • hallucinations, ie hearing or seeing things that do not exist.

What can we do to help?

Schizophrenia and psychosis are treated using a combination of medical treatments, such as anti-psychotic medicines, intervention therapy and talking therapies.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, complete the Open Door online referral form or speak to your doctor.

Misconceptions

Split personalities

The idea that people with schizophrenia have a split or dual personality is totally untrue. It would be more accurate to say that people with schizophrenia have a mind that can experience episodes of dysfunction and disorder.

Violence

Another misconception is that people who have the condition are violent. Again, there is little evidence to back this up. A person with schizophrenia or psychosis is far more likely to be the victim of violent crime than the instigator.

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that causes a range of varied psychological symptoms, including psychosis. It is one of the most common serious mental health problems.

In crisis now

Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.

Who to contact

For initial Open Door appointments please complete the online referral form which is on the Help and Support page.

Open Door 
Sally Baldwin Block B
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322140
Email: opendoor@york.ac.uk

Opening Times

Term Time: Monday - Friday 9am - 10.00pm
Vacation Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Please note we are closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

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What can I do to help myself?

We would advise that you contact your doctor for a diagnosis and to discuss treatments, but the charity Mind also recommends a number of self-help techniques that can help maintain your well-being and manage your symptoms.

You may also find the resources listed below helpful.

Resources