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what defines psychosis?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Psychosis is: essentially a break from reality. People can be come delusional, paranoid, hear and see things that others don't hear or see. Peace and good health.

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How often do "anti-psychotic" medications make the person much more "emotional"?

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Dr. Kevin Gardner
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Antipsychotics: Sometimes, antipsychotics make the person being treated more emotional, but the majority of the time, they help the situation. If the antipsychotics are making things worse, the treatment regimen should be re-evaluated to determine if another class of medication would be appropriate.
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Which anti-psychotic medications help to treat alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
They treat symptoms.: There are no disease modifying medications for alzheimer's. Atypical or newer antipsychotic medications help with delusions, paranoia, suspicousness, fearfulness and the behaviors these symptoms cause. The older antipsychotics also help but have far more side effects. There is some evidence that antipsychotics increase the risk of stroke, heart attack or death but they do help quality of life.
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Can pineal tumors be a cause of psychosis?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Rarely: There are case reports in the medical literature of pineal tumors causing psychosis. That means it happens so rarely that when it does, someone writes a paper about it!
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A 31-year-old male asked:

What would a psychologist doif someome was psychotic or having delusions....Not dangerous, but still having an episode. Also, what can a friend do?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Psychiatrist: See your psychiatrist to get treated.Psychologist and friends would be helpful.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is psychosis a possible effect of a stroke?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Although less common than depression in the first 6 months following stroke, "post-stroke psychotic disorder" may include delusions, hallucinations (which may affect various sensory modalities; auditory and visual hallucinations are the most common), ideas of reference, and disorganization of thought.

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