Psychosis refers to a loss of contact with reality. Psychotic symptoms include:

  • Disorganized thought and speech
  • False beliefs that are not based in reality (delusions), especially unfounded fear or suspicion
  • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Thoughts that “jump” between unrelated topics (disordered thinking)

Psychosis is related to a number of psychiatric disorders, including:

For more information on psychosis, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.