What do you mean by "psychosis"?

We say a patient is psychotic.  What does that mean? The traditional definition is the presence of delusions or hallucinations?  But what is a delusion?  The simple response is:  A fixed, false belief.  But some delusions aren't fixed; others aren't false.  And some hallucinations are normal experiences in non-psychotic persons.

Let's examine more closely the definition and meaning of psychosis.....


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