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Can anxiety cause psychosis and can it be treated without medications?

Not usually: Anxiety is not known 2 lead 2 psychosis. Fear of "losing ur mind" or "going crazy" may b part of anxiety itself. B aware that marijuana intake may induce very high level of anxiety leading 2 paranoid ideation & depersonalization. There r many options 2 treat anxiety without medications: therapy, biofeedback, mindfullness, relaxation techniques. See ur gp, ask 4 a therapist referral. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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Can anxiety cause psychotic symptoms?

Can anxiety cause psychotic symptoms?

No,but they can be : Present at the same time in one person. Please seek help in managing these symptoms. There is a fix. C ur doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist says that my anxiety has caused me to become psychotic. Do any doctors here agree of such a possibility?

Not exactly: Anxiety can be the prodromal symptom to a psychotic break in people who have a psychosis- prone illness. As far as anxiety causing psychosis, I believe that happens occasionally in ptsd with psychosis, temporal lobe epilepsy, or in very brief psychotic breaks in borderline personality disorder. There are extremely rare cases of psychosis and pseudo psychosis in people with very complex dissociation went very stressed. I have rarely seen someone have a panic attack induced very brief psychotic break. Generally consisted only of voices occurring at the height of the panic and lasting only for several minutes. I would welcome any comments that my colleagues may have from their experience with these conditions and with the progression of anxiety turning into psychosis. This must however be quite rare and it has been very rare in my experience. ...Read more

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Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Lorazepam: Hoping your ears are feeling better now. No, being given Lorazepam in the er would not have caused a long term issue. It would also not be unusual for someone to have both depression/anxiety and an ear infection. . . With both needing treatment. Antidepressants combined with psychotherapy are helpful for the first, and generally an antibiotic for the second. If off Lorazepam now, no problem. ...Read more

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Anxiety feels like psychosis now, how do I break the link?

See a psychiatrist: If you think that your anxiety is turning into psychosis, that is a possibility if the anxiety represented the prodrome to a psychotic illness. Please see a psychiatrist for this as soon as possible and also undergo a full physical examination laboratory tests to look for physical causes. Good luck to you and your recovery. ...Read more

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What can I do about the anxiety that accompanies my psychosis?

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What can I do about the anxiety that accompanies my psychosis?

Anxiety: Many possibilities, but best advise needs to come from your prescribing doctor who knows u. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and panic disorders lead to psychosis?

Can anxiety and panic disorders lead to psychosis?

No.: Psychosis is not seen in anxiety disorders or panic disorders. Overdose or interactions of bubropion or maoi to treat atypical depression may sometimes cause psychosis. A bout of severe depression or mania may trigger some psychotic symptoms. Some panic or anxiety may be experienced by patients with mood disorders or psychotic disorders, but are not the causes of psychosis. ...Read more

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Difference between extreme anxiety and psychosis?

Difference between extreme anxiety and psychosis?

Extreme anxiety: Indicates that you are in touch w/reality. Your perception of events may be accurate or may be exaggerated however. Some anxiety is life protecting but too much interferes w/coping. Psychosis is being out of touch w/reality via delusions and/or hallucinations, e.g., hearing voices, seeing thing, being paranoid. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anxiety lead to psychosis? I'm terrified of going insane

Can anxiety lead to psychosis? I'm terrified of going insane

It is probable that: Your fear of psychosis is an expression of your anxiety. A mental health professional can help you manage your anxiety and it is likely that your situation will improve. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could my doctor treat my anxiety rather than my psychosis if I asked?

Could my doctor treat my anxiety rather than my psychosis if I asked?

Whole person: It is important to treat the whole person rather than individual diagnostic labels, or lab results. If you do not have faith in your doctor you may wish see a different one. It is imperative to have a good rapport with your doctor and follow her/his instructions. ...Read more

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What are common treatments for anxiety, depression and psychosis?

What are common treatments for anxiety, depression and psychosis?

Depression with: Psychosis is treated with antidepressants for long term recovery and with antipsychotics for short term symptom control. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and severe panic attacks lead to schizophrenia or psychosis?

Can anxiety and severe panic attacks lead to schizophrenia or psychosis?

No: Anxiety Disorders and panic attacks do not morph into psychotic illnesses or schizoprehenia. However, a psychotic condition could be co-morbid with an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Scared of clarithromycin. I have read about psychosis on the medication. I have mild anxiety (before use) and I've been on the pill for two days. Help?

Not necessary: Every medication has side effects. You will not know if you have that side effect or not without taking it. Manufacturers have to list every single side effect that people may have experienced for legal reasons that means even if only 1% got that side effect they list it. The likelihood of you getting that side effect though is very slim. ...Read more

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What are the chances of an anxiety/depression/psychosis (?) episode will happen again now that I am doing better (1yr) and on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 7 months?

What are the chances of an anxiety/depression/psychosis (?) episode will happen again now that I am doing better (1yr) and on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 7 months?

Research: I'm glad you're feeling better. If this is your first episode of depression, studies show that you have a 50% likelihood of another episode. If it's your second or more, the likelihood is higher and your doctor may recommend you continuing an antidepressant indefinitely. There may be other factors that increase your risk, such as alcohol or drug abuse, history of child abuse, and medical illness. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety with psychosis, depression. Psychotherapy hasn't worked for me so I have resorted to taking benzodiazepines and other medication?

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I have severe anxiety with psychosis, depression. Psychotherapy hasn't worked for me so I have resorted to taking benzodiazepines and other medication?

Therapy: If supervised by your physician & they are helping your symptoms, I would recommend combining medications with psychotherapy for best results. ...Read more

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If I have depression, partial remission of psychosis, generalized anxiety disorder, could I take Viagra (sildenafil)? I also take meds, it's in my profile.

If I have depression, partial remission of psychosis, generalized anxiety disorder, could I take Viagra (sildenafil)? I also take meds, it's in my profile.

Viagra (sildenafil): Your other medications may not directly interact with Viagra, (sildenafil) but there always is the potential for interaction with medications metabolized by the liver. I would focus now on good control of your psychiatric symptoms and stabilization of your conditions before adding another medication to your regimen. ...Read more

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Can my psychosis, severe depression, and anxiety be linked to hashimotos disease? Symptoms not better with meds (synthroid (thyroxine) or anti-anxiety/depressents

Can my psychosis, severe depression, and anxiety be linked to hashimotos disease? Symptoms not better with meds (synthroid (thyroxine) or anti-anxiety/depressents

Problems: 1: You need to have your doctor refer you to a Psychologist to overcome your depression. You may need to be referred to a Neurologist.
Your primary doctor must evaluate you regarding your Hashimoto's. ...Read more

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Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? I got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? I got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Flat affect: Means without outward emotion as a doctor or interviewer saw you at a specific point in time only. Affect is one of many symptoms that goes into a psych evaluation plus medical, family, behavioral history. If you find this information in your medical record disturbing, talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you are in treatment to put this in perspective. ...Read more

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I am bipolar have depression ptsd psychosis anxiety n have trouble sleeping. My dr only has me on lexapro (escitalopram). What other meds might help the other proble?

I am bipolar have depression ptsd psychosis anxiety n have trouble sleeping. My dr only has me on lexapro (escitalopram). What other meds might help the other proble?

Prazosin, atypical : Your doctor could try an atypical antipsychotic like seroquel or risperdal, and prazosin which may help for ptsd related nightmares and insomnia. Another mood stabilizer such as Depakote or lithium may also be needed for your regimen. I notice your medication list also includes abilify, Cymbalta and geodon (ziprasidone). I wonder how you responded to them. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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Can injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medications be used to treat anxiety?

Can injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medications be used to treat anxiety?

Possibly: In 2010, a systematic review of studies assessing antipsychotics for anxiety was performed. Results showed that quetiapine, but not Olanzapine or risperidone, was effecive in some trials. However, there were side effects (weight gain, sedation) that need to be considered. Also, quetiapine is not one of the long-lasting injectable anti-psychotics. ...Read more

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Can I use injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medication be used to treat my anxiety?

Can I use injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medication be used to treat my anxiety?

See Cochran review: Authors' conclusions: "the available data on Olanzapine and Risperidone are too limited to draw any conclusions. Monotherapy with quetiapine seems to be efficacious in reducing symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder and this effect may be similar to that of antidepressants. However, quetiapine's efficacy must be weighed against its lower tolerability (e.g., weight gain and sedation).". ...Read more

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I am suffering from pathological anxiety I am taking antipsycotics for 16 years now my psy always say I am psychotic i started to have health problems?

Resources?: I admit to knowing nothing about the resources available to you and that matters! If you can, find a Clinical Psychologist w/ excellent diagnostic skills. Then, w/ a solid Dx — build a holistic treatment plan for you that ideally includes health issues. Therapy as part of it will coordinate the aspects to achieve balance. I hope you can find good help for the next 16 yrs (move on from the past.) ...Read more

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Having issues with anxiety for 5 years, been on at least 8 anti depressants and 1 anti psychotic... I feel like no doctors will help me with my issue.

Other options: Then antidepressant or antianxiety medications. There r efficient bio feedback methods 2 help learning how 2 handle ur anxiety. Also, cognitive behavioral therapy is very helpful is learning how 2 manage anxiety on ur own. Yes, it's an effort to learn how 2 get over ur anxiety on ur own but it pays: no meds side effect & dependence. More self-confidence! Best wishes 2 u! ...Read more

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Dr pappas mentioned psychotic anxiety' she has got me worried' is there such a thing and what does it mean?

Yes there is: I meant that people with paranoia and other delusions can be very anxious. This type of course for anxiety differs from panic or generalized anxiety disorders, for instance. Your previous question asked what might cause "severe" anxiety and possible treatments for it. Still, other reasons for severe anxiety can be withdrawal from alcohol and benzos -- might have hallucinations too. ...Read more

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What's done for severe depression with psychotic features and anxiety?

What's done for severe depression with psychotic features and anxiety?

Treatment NOW!: Depression with psychotic features, is by definition severe. Severe depression indicates the need for aggressive intervention with the combination of individual psychotherapy and psychotropic medications, including antidepressants and likely, at least temporarily, antipsychotic medication. These medications may be sufficient to help with the anxiety, but sometimes anxiolytics are also required. ...Read more

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I am suffering from hypocondriasis. Now I am in a doubt tht this anxiety neurosis may lead to any type of psychoses disease, psychiatry?

I am suffering from hypocondriasis. Now I am in a doubt tht this anxiety neurosis may lead to any type of psychoses disease, psychiatry?

Hypochondriasis: Hypochondriasis alone does not usually lead to psychosis, even though the worrying that comes with it can be very frightening. You need a good primary care doctor, a psychiatrist, and probably a therapist all working together with you, for the best results. Sometimes medicines help. Talk therapy can help you change the way you think about things, and that is invaluable. ...Read more

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Could having paranoia, depression, anxiety and OCD make you psychotic?

Could having paranoia, depression, anxiety and OCD make you psychotic?

Psychotic: Paranoia may make you distort reality in a delusional (fixed false belief) or psychotic kind of way. Depression may or may not be psychotic depending on severity and type of accompanying symptoms. Some depressed people, for instance, may think they're already dead. Obviously this is a delusion since they're alive telling you they feel this way. Anxiety/ocd can be severe but not usually psychotic. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychosis (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychoses (Definition)

Psychosis is a condition mostly seen in Schizophrenia and conditions where certain drugs cause psychotic symptoms. Symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations and a break with reality. Psychotic symptoms can be managed with medications and usually begin at the age of 20+ but can also be seen earlier or later as in Dementia or ...Read more