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how is psychotic disorder treated?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Antipsychotics: First medical causes and/or drug use need to be ruled out as causes. If these are ruled out and there is real psychosis diagnosed by a qualified professional, it is generally treated with medication, generally from a family of medications appropriately called "antipsychotics".

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What is an anti-psychotic compared to an anti-depressant?

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Dr. Emily Lu
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Family Medicine 7 years experience
Mechanisms & uses: Anti-psychotics are used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and adjunctively, depression. Typical antipsychotics affect dopamine, atypical, both Dopamine and serotonin or only partially, dopamine. Anti-depressants prolong the action of serotonin(sri's) and sometimes norepinephrine (nri's) in your body or both (snri's). They help alleviate depression, anxiety, ocd, a chronic pain(cymbalta).
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a psychotic and neurotic?

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Dr. Michael Pierce
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Reality testing: Someone who is "neurotic" may be plagued with guilt or self-doubt, usually related to conflict between their desires or urges and feeling inhibited, or prohibited from acting on them. Psychosis may involve similar conflict, but the thought process involved may extend to fixed false beliefs (delusions, such as paranoid beliefs about being persecuted) and/or hallucinations, e.g. hearing voices...
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it worse to be neurotic or psychotic?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Both can be hard: Neuroses (depression, anxiety, peronality disorders) and psychoses (schizophrenia, other types of psychoses) was an older way of dividing mental disorders not used for several decades. In general, neuroses were thought to be "less severe." however, level of impairment and response to treatment are the key issues, and some neuroses are much less treatment responsive than some psychoses.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is there a link between feeling suicidal and psychotic?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not really: Psychosis has to do with impaired reality testing--hearing voices, seeing things that aren't there, believing things that objectively cannot be. Psychotic individuals certainly can be suicidal, including having voices telling them to kill themselves. However, most people who are suicidal are not psychotic; they just believe that life is no longer worth living, usually because of life stressors..
A 43-year-old member asked:

Does being psychotic cause behavior problems?

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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
Often: Often psychotic patients misbehave because they are not thinking clearly. However please keep in mind that not everyone who misbehaves is psychotic.

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