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How Stress Triggers Psychosis

From minor stressors like being late to work or forgetting about an appointment to major stressors like starting a new job, having a child, or getting divorced, stress is an unavoidable part of life. But when you have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, the impact of stress can be more significant.

Schizophrenia is an illness of the brain that according to the World Health Organization affects 20 million people worldwide. Psychosis can be an early symptom of schizophrenia but not everyone who experiences psychosis will be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Research shows that excessive stress can precede and trigger the onset of psychosis. Stress is often to blame when there is a relapse of psychotic symptoms.1

When you have schizophrenia it’s important to understand that you may find trivial matters more stressful or that you worry about things others barely notice. That’s okay.

Part of thriving when you live with schizophrenia is learning to recognize your stress triggers and taking measures to avoid and cope with them.

Updated: Jun 30, 2021
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