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Travel and Psychosis

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Know how to deal with psychosis

Psychosis occurs when a person loses contact with reality and cannot distinguish between what is real and what is not. It is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, function, and behave. You can suddenly experience a psychotic episode while travelling without a prior history of mental illness. In addition to managing travel stress, recognizing the warning signs of psychosis and how to get help abroad are key to a safe trip.

Factors affecting mental health during travel

Even if you don't have a prior history of mental illness, travel stress, mood changes, anxiety and other mental health concerns can unexpectedly affect you and potentially disrupt your trip.

Studies show that psychiatric emergencies are the leading cause for air evacuations along with injuries and cardiovascular disease.

Your mental and physical health prior to, and during, a trip determines how well you will cope with travel stress. Consider the following:

IAMAT's travel and mental health series

The Travel and Psychosis whitepaper is part of our Travel and Mental Health Series. Inside you'll find tips for managing acute situational psychosis and schizophrenia, including how to travel with medications. Other whitepapers in the series address travel stress, travel and depression, travel and substance use, and travel and anxiety, all available from our eLibrary.


Travel Health Journal