Psychosis

Psychosis is a serious mental disorder where a person loses contact with reality. There can be delusions, where they have false beliefs about who they are or what is happening in life, and/or have hallucinations, which is to see or hear things that are not really there.

The symptoms of psychosis can include some of the following:

  • Disorganized thoughts or speech
  • Thoughts that jump between unrelated topics
  • Unfounded suspicions or fears
  • Seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not really there
  • Beliefs that are unfounded, based on suspicious or fears
  • False beliefs

Psychosis can prevent normal functioning and self care, and if left untreated, can lead to harm to oneself or others. Some of the causes of psychosis can be physical, brought on by illicit drug use or withdraw, alcohol use or withdraw, brain tumors, dementia, degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, strokes, infections that affect the brain, some prescription drugs, and some forms of epilepsy.

Psychosis can also be a feature of other psychiatric disorders, such as bi-polar, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. If you or your loved ones are feeling you’re exhibiting signs of psychosis, the best idea is to call your family doctor or your local mental health facility.

Psychosis

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