At a glance

The word psychosis is used by clinicians to describe beliefs and experiences that are not shared by other people. Beliefs that are seen as unusual or untrue are described as delusions. Hearing voices, seeing visions and perceiving things that cannot be sensed by other people are called hallucinations.

Delusions and hallucinations may add meaning and value to a person’s life and do not necessarily cause problems. For some people, delusions and hallucinations can be frightening and make it difficult for them to do the things that they want to do. People may also feel very tired and find it difficult to communicate in a way that makes sense to other people.

The experience of psychosis is associated with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. It can also be caused by substance use or medication.


This fact sheet provides an overview of psychosis, the causes, symptoms and treatment options.  The site also provides a guide to support people experiencing psychosis, their family, friends and carers.
Type: Fact sheets
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Produced by: SANE Australia

Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Orygen is a research and knowledge translation organisation. Their work includes a focus on psychosis. The Orygen website provides many resources, including resources for education and training.

Psychosis and young people
This fact sheet covers the different symptoms and causes of psychosis.
Type: Fact sheets
Length: 2 pages
Produced by: Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Family help kit – psychosis (Translated Fact Sheets)
This fact sheet covers what psychosis is, the early warning signs, helping young people with psychosis, and where to get help. This fact sheet is available in a number of translated languages.
Type: Fact sheet
Length: 2 pages
Produced by: Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Centre
Translations: Yes

Understanding Psychosis - Simon's Story | headspace
These videos are of real-life experiences (played by actors) and show how everyone's experience of psychosis is different and can change over time. Psychosis can have an impact on thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Type: Video
Reading/viewing time: 4.59
Closed captions: Yes
Produced by: headspace

Current as at: Monday 20 January 2020
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch