Psychosis relates to a range of difficulties which include having unusual beliefs (delusions), hearing voices (hallucinations) and experiencing wide mood fluctuations. It refers to psychiatric diagnoses of ‘schizophrenia’, ‘paranoid schizophrenia’, ‘psychosis’, ‘manic depression’ and ‘bipolar depressive disorder’.
People with these difficulties can have a range of distressing experiences, which lead them to seek professional help, or leads others to seek it on their behalf. Some people manage these difficulties on their own. Others require support over many years. Most people recover, but sometimes residual problems remain, such as distressing ideas, lack of motivation and difficulties in maintaining employment.
Departmental members of staff who work in this area include:
Dr Daniel Freeman, Professor Philippa Garety, Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Professor Veena Kumari, Dr Emmanuelle Peters, Professor Til Wykes, Professor Dave Hemsley (Emeritus Professor), Dr Suzanne Jolley, Dr Juliana Onwumere and Dr Vyv Huddy.
Other staff involved in this area include Dr Craig Steel (honorary attachment).