Three Interviews: Psychosis

Interviews with three patients displaying psychosis

This halv-hour short video depicts three patients displaying psychosis. To understand their mental illness, the three patients are interviewed by a provisioned psychiatrist in front of a camera. The interviews gives those interested in psychiatry, or students of psychiatry, a better chance of understanding the signs of psychosis.

As each patient finds themselves explaining what’s going on, they delve deeper into a wild continuous racing thought pattern, effectively trapping themselves in their own mind. Although seemingly slightly aware of what’s happening, each patient is unable to stop the outpour themselves.

Locked inside the jumps of their mind, each patient struggles to have a normal conversation, get exhausted and display extreme fatigue.


Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties telling what is real and what is not. Symptoms may include false beliefs and seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear. Other symptoms may include incoherent speech and behaviour that is inappropriate for the situation. There may also be sleep problems, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

Psychosis has many different causes. These include mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, sleep deprivation, some medical conditions, certain medications, and drugs such as alcohol or cannabis. One type, known as postpartum psychosis, can occur after childbirth. The neurotransmitter dopamine is believed to play a role.

The diagnosis of a mental illness requires excluding other potential causes. Testing may be done to check for central nervous system diseases, toxins, or other health problems as a cause.

Treatment may include antipsychotic medication, counselling, and social support. Early treatment appears to improve outcomes. Medications appear to have a moderate effect. Outcomes depend on the underlying cause. In the United States about 3% of people develop psychosis at some point in time. The condition has been described since at least the 4th century BC by Hippocrates and possibly as early as 1,500 BC in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus.

Three Interviews: Psychosis
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  • Release date1989
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