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what to do if you're suffering from psychosis?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Psychosis: Get evaluation by a psychiatrist to determine the cause & treat that.

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Is psychosis a possible effect of a stroke?

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A 35-year-old female asked:

I suffer psychosis but don't want to take medication all the time, is there a way i can just take pills when i'm suffering and not when i'm fine?

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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
See answer: For these medicines to work well you have to take them every day. Your condition is like someone who has high blood pressure or diabetes, they need to take their meds everyday . Yours is not like a mild case of asthma where you could just take meds as needed. Taking meds everyday will hopefully reduce the the amount of time you spend in serious suffering. This is again like a diabetic patient.
A 23-year-old female asked:

How do I know if i'm suffering from psychosis?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychosis: Psychosis is loss of touch with reality. It may occur with patients who have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, mania, severe depression, schizophreniform disorder, brief reactive psychosis or certain personality disorders. Medical causes of psychosis can include dementia, drug or alcohol intoxication or withdrawal, brain tumors, medication side effects (such as steroids) or stroke.>>>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Psychotic symptoms can include hallucinations (auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory or olfactory); disorganized thoughts or behavior; or delusions. If you are concerned that you may have psychosis, I suggest starting by discussing this with your family doctor. He or she may refer you for an evaluation by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist.
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