Psychosis involves an inability to assess what is real and what is not real and affects a child’s ability to meet the demands of everyday life. Psychosis is the result of disrupted neurotransmitter function in the brain. It can be genetically based or induced by the use of certain substances (e.g., hallucinogens) or by other medical conditions. It can be temporary (e.g., in the case of certain medical conditions) or chronic (e.g., as a result of schizophrenia.
Children dealing with psychosis may