Psychosis is not the same as psychopath
The terms “psychosis” and “psychopath” should not be confused.
Someone with psychosis has a short-term (acute) condition that, if treated, can often lead to a full recovery.
A psychopath is someone with an antisocial personality disorder, which means they:
- lack empathy – the capacity to understand how someone else feels
- are manipulative
- often have a total disregard for the consequences of their actions
People with an antisocial personality can sometimes pose a threat to others because they can be violent. Most people with psychosis are more likely to harm themselves than others.
Someone who develops psychosis will have their own unique set of symptoms and experiences, according to their particular circumstances.
But in general, 3 main symptoms are associated with a psychotic episode:
- confused and disturbed thoughts