• A mental health episode happens when a person experiences a mental health disorder over a period of time.
  • For example, people who experience depression may be well for some time and then experience a period or episode of depression where they find functioning in daily life really difficult.
  • Another area where you might hear the word “episode” is when a person is experiencing a psychotic episode. Psychosis affects a person’s ability to distinguish what is real and what is not real, like seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear. Generally, the symptoms of a psychosis occur as an episode and medication and treatment can relieve or even eliminate these symptoms.