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Hearing the word “psychosis” can be scary, but taking the time to learn what it is, how common it is and how to find treatment can decrease the fear. Many Canadians who experience psychosis live full and productive lives.

Illnesses like heart disease or diabetes interfere with the functions of major organs such as the heart or the pancreas. These diseases leave a person weak and tired, often unable to do the things he or she wants to do each day. Psychosis is similar; the only real difference is that the organ struggling to work effectively is the brain.