Psychosis is a mental health condition in which a person has a loss of contact with reality. It can cause hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking.
There are several types of psychosis, including:
- Schizophrenia, which is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking.
- Bipolar disorder, which can cause psychosis during episodes of mania.
- Depression with psychosis, which can occur during severe episodes of depression.
- Substance-induced psychosis, which can be caused by using certain drugs such as LSD, PCP, or cocaine.
The causes of psychosis are not fully understood, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and brain chemistry factors.
Symptoms of psychosis can include:
- Hallucinations, which are hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren’t really there.
- Delusions, which are false beliefs that a person holds despite evidence to the contrary.
- Disordered thinking, which can make it difficult to understand or communicate.
- Changes in emotions or behaviour, such as becoming withdrawn or agitated.
Diagnosis of psychosis is typically made by a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, through a combination of a physical exam, a psychological evaluation, and a review of the person’s symptoms.
Treatment options for psychosis can include:
- Medication, such as antipsychotic drugs, to reduce symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.
- Therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to help a person cope with their symptoms and improve their functioning.
- Supportive services, such as case management and vocational rehabilitation, to help a person with psychosis lead a more independent life.
It’s important to note that psychosis is treatable, and with the right treatment, many people with psychosis are able to lead fulfilling lives.
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To learn more about psychosis, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/psychosis/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych