Psychosis / Schizophrenia Treatment & Psychotherapy
What is psychosis?
When people are unable to tell the difference between reality and delusion, it is called psychosis, or a psychotic break (from reality). Those suffering from psychosis may hear or see things that are not real, known as a hallucination. Similarly, they may experience delusions, which are characterized by the belief that strange, untrue things are real.
Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness, and may indicate a psychiatric disorder. The two types of psychiatric disorders most commonly associated with producing psychotic symptoms are schizophrenia and mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder.
What symptoms are associated with psychosis?
While specific psychosis behaviors and experiences will vary from person to person, some common symptoms associated with psychosis include:
- Babbling or incoherent language
- Disorganized thoughts
- Hearing noises or voices
- Strange bodily movements
- Agitation or aggression
- Odd sleep patterns
In most cases, a person experiencing psychosis isn’t aware of his or her behavior.
What causes psychosis?
Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In other instances, it may be caused by:
- Abuse of drugs or alcohol
- A traumatic event
- A brain injury
- Degenerative brain disease
- Taking certain medications
What is schizophrenia?
Psychosis does not always indicate schizophrenia, but when hallucinations, delusions, and other abnormal behaviors occur, it may be a result of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes people to lose their ability to interpret reality normally. It usually results in a combination of extreme psychosis and disordered thinking patterns, impairing a person’s ability to function normally. Schizophrenia treatment should be sought immediately if you or a loved one exhibits any symptoms of this disorder, including psychosis.
What does psychosis treatment involve?
If left untreated, psychosis can lead to self-harm, social isolation, poor performance at school or work, and financial problems – among many other issues. The Psychiatry Group can offer psychosis treatment through psychotherapy and/or medication.
Medication for Psychosis
Medication is an important part of treatment, as it subdues psychosis symptoms. There are various medications that can be used, each with varying benefits and side effects. Speak with a psychiatrist to determine which medication is best for you.
Psychotherapy for Psychosis
Psychotherapy is usually included in treatment for psychosis symptoms, including in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy may include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation, designed to help patients learn and adopt strategies to manage their condition and symptoms on their own.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from psychosis, or from a psychiatric disorder that is causing psychosis, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the first step to feeling better is scheduling a consultation with an experienced psychiatrist. The Psychiatry Group is known for providing high-quality psychiatric evaluations and psychosis treatment. Call 844-495-HELP(4357) today to schedule a consultation.
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