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Do I have Psychosis? Quick Quiz

Updated: Jan 21, 2020



I am a part of online support groups for bipolar and one of the members asked about the symptoms of bipolar so I wrote this article. I am a psychology student so I wanted to provide well-researched information in easy to read terms. Beneath it a diagnostic test for psychosis symptoms - hope it helps!




Answer true or false for these statements if you want to check

if you are experiencing psychosis:


  1. I feel uninterested in the things I used to enjoy.

  2. I experience dejavu moments - feeling like I have already lived a moment before.

  3. I sometimes smell or taste things that other people can’t smell or taste.

  4. I often hear unusual sounds like banging, clicking, hissing, clapping or ringing in my ears.

  5. I have been confused at times whether something I experienced was real or imaginary.

  6. When I look at a person, or look at myself in a mirror, I have seen the face change right before my eyes.

  7. I get extremely anxious when meeting people for the first time.

  8. I have seen things that other people apparently can't see.

  9. My thoughts are sometimes so strong that I can almost hear them.

  10. I sometimes see special meanings in advertisements, shop windows, or in the way things are arranged around me.

  11. Sometimes I have felt that I’m not in control of my own ideas or thoughts.

  12. Sometimes I feel suddenly distracted by distant sounds that I am not normally aware of.

  13. I have heard things other people can't hear like voices of people whispering or talking.

  14. I often feel that others have it in for me.

  15. I have had the sense that some person or force is around me, even though I could not see anyone.

  16. I feel that parts of my body have changed in some way, or that parts of my body are working differently than before.




Now count up how many you answered true to.

If you answered:

<6 = not at risk of psychosis.

6-16 = at risk of psychosis.


If you are at risk, contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, get in touch with your local triage service. If you can't find a triage service in your area with a google search, contact your GP. Alternatively, leave a comment below and I can find you resources in your area to help. Even if the mania/psychosis doesn't seem severe, it can easily get out of control so make sure you get professional management help.





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Disclaimer

This blog conveys researched information in everyday terms for additional reading and does not substitute tailored professional advice. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and feel concerned, contact your GP or call the Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511. In the case of an emergency, call 000.


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