What are the phases of psychosis?

1.     The Prodromal Phase

There are subtle changes in thinking, perception and behavior. Some of the signs may include:

  • feel spacey, or disoriented
  • difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • suspiciousness
  • mood swings
  • sleep disturbance
  • change in appetite
  • loss of energy
  • withdrawal from family and friends
  • loss of interest in activities
  • intense dislike of being touched by others
  • unusual sensitivity to noise, light, colour and texture

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2.     Acute Phase

Symptoms are now full blown and affect and impede on the individual's daily living.  *See Positive and Negative symptoms in "What is Psychosis?" section*

3.     Recovery Phase

The pattern of recovery varies from person to person. *See information on recovery in "How is Psychosis treated?" section*

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