My Father’s Diagnosis

My father was diagnosed with severe depression, psychosis and schizophrenia. I wanted to learn about their symptoms to help understand my father better and also to take into consideration how these disorders could effect my video editing.


Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes:

  • hallucinations
  • delusions
  • confused and disturbed thoughts
  • a lack of insight and self-awareness
  • schizophrenia  a condition where people may have repeated episodes of psychosis

A hallucination is when you perceive something that does not exist in reality. Hallucinations can occur in all five of your senses:

  • sight – someone with psychosis may see colours and shapes, or imaginary people or animals
  • sounds – someone with psychosis may hear voices that are angry, unpleasant or sarcastic
  • touch – a common psychotic hallucination is that insects are crawling on the skin
  • smell – usually a strange or unpleasant smell
  • taste – some people with psychosis have complained of having a constant unpleasant taste in their mouth

A delusion is where you have an unshakeable belief in something implausible, bizarre or obviously untrue. Two examples of psychotic delusions are:

  • paranoid delusion-someone with psychosis may believe a person or group want to hurt or kill them
  • delusions of grandeur-a person with psychosis may believe they have some imaginary power or authority

Having confusing and disturbing thoughts and lacking insight means the person with psychosis has strange and disrupted thoughts whilst being unable to recognise their behaviour is in any way strange, or their delusions or hallucinations could be imaginary.


Schizophrenia is a complex illness. Mental health experts are not sure what causes it. However, genes may play a role.

  • Certain events may trigger schizophrenia in people who are at risk for it because of their genes.
  • You are more likely to develop schizophrenia if you have a family member with the disease.

Symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • losing interest and motivation in life and activities, including relationships and sex
  • lack of concentration, not wanting to leave the house and changes in sleeping patterns
  • being less likely to initiate conversations and feeling uncomfortable with people, or feeling there is nothing to say
  • Isolation
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Lack of emotion


Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Agitation, restlessness, and irritability
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Trouble sleeping or too much sleeping

If depression is very severe, there may also be psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.


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