Psychotic disorders


Psychotic disorders cover a constellation of disorders that vary in terms of symptom type, severity and frequency. They are characterised by distortions of reality - such as hearing and seeing things that are not there (‘positive’ symptoms), that coincide with behavioural deficits such as social isolation and apathy (‘negative’ symptoms). Psychotic disorders typically emerge in late adolescence, potentially derailing significant developmental milestones. Research suggests combining medication with psychological therapy confers the greatest benefit for people experiencing psychotic disorders. Our psychologists can help you manage the imposition caused by the positive symptoms, and initiate strategies to improve your social and occupational functioning.