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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
It depends: I suspect you have been waiting for an answer because your question is not clear. What do you mean by "peak?" if you are asking when symptoms are at their worst, it depends on the circumstances and on what is causing the delusions in the first place. ...Read more
How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?
Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?
No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Excellent question: But not fully understood. (see neuropsychopharmacology: the fifth generation of progress, chapter 79, downloadable). In bipolar, signal transduction is more variable than in euthymia. Lithium stabilizes the transduction "rule" & circadian fxns. Antidepressants appear (intracellular) to enlarge signal amplitude. In a vulnerable individual, this increase tips the balance into a manic state. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many adults fear it.: Fear of abandinment is, if we're honest, fairly wide spread. Panic and terrible reactive behaviors are, fortunately, rare and might be seen in bpd. I think the word "infantile" refers to the basis of the problem. That it begins when a baby experiences ongoing stress from questionable parenting - even including actual or temporary abandonment. It disrupts the development of trust which is critical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paranoid: If suspicious of motives of others and become delusional about harm coming from others, can act out to protect self, not common. ...Read more
Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?
It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: At least not as a part of the cyclothymic disorder. In cyclothymic disorder both the highs and lows are too mild to result in psychotic symptoms including delusions. ...Read more
Deterioration: Brief psychoses are just that - brief. Psychotic episodes in schizophrenia cause deterioration mentally and lead to diminished functioning over time.That loss does not come back for the most part especially without psychiatric care. Brief psychotic disorders by definition have a beginning and end and don't often cause the kind of functional deterioration that psychosis in schizophrenia does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They increase mood: Typically, antidepressants cause an increase in mood and energy because a common symptom of depression is fatigue, sleeping too much, feeling tired all the time and lacking energy. The problem is that the boost in mood from the anti-depressant can then lead to manic episode in bipolar disorder--which is being very, very high in mood and energy. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acronym "BPD": Acronyms can be confusing, as people might use "bpd" to indicate either borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder. I'll answer about borderline pd -- which can indeed periodically experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, paranoia, and delusions. Hallucinations can arise in the context of intense pain such as abandonment depression -- but aren't usually sustained over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's complicated: The short answer is yes, it feels good for people with bipolar to be manic, especially after being depressed. But mania is very destructive and can be devastating to the most meaningful aspects of a persons life. It is often a challenge for people with bipolar to believe that genuine happiness is truly better than mania, but it is. If they stick with treatment they will get it. ...Read more
Maybe: They are different things. Psychosis refers to failures in reality testing (like delusions or hallucinations). It is possible that someone with a paranoid psychosis might be misdiagnosed with paranoid personality in the early stages of the illness, before psychotic symptoms become evident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Delusions of grandeur can be part of several mental disorders, such as mania, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs that do not budge even when confronted with contradicting information. So, these show lack of reality contact -- a cardinal sign of mental disorder. ...Read more
Yes: Mental disorders were traditionally divided into psychoses and neuroses. People with psychosis cannot distinguish what is real with what is not real. They may hear voices or see visions when no one is there. There can be many causes that range from infections to schizophrenia. There are good treatments available and professional help should be sought. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few things: We try to manage the most overt symptoms with meds. We educate the patient about their sx. We help separate symptoms from reality. We help them cope with the sx. If we cannnot do this we find them places to live where they can be cared for and protected and be as independent as possible. ...Read more
Mental disorder plus: Psychosis basically is referring to a host of symptoms that are seen in many psychiatric disorders. Delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, disorganized behaviors and what are called negative symptoms ( flatness of affect, lack of energy, and slowed thinking). With psychotic features means mental disorder + 2 or more of the above present for significant portion of time in one month. ...Read more
By consulting psychi: You need to consult with a psychiatrist who can take your whole history. Isolated """psychotic symptoms may be clinically meaningless, so i think reciting them all here would be doing you a disservice if you were just having an isolated psychological event. It. Can even be difficult for even a seasoned psychiatrist to tell if someone is psychotic. In those cases we obtain projective psychological testing to determine whether someone has a more subtle psychosis. Many people have psychosis like symptoms but are not actually psychotic. There is also such a thing as a pseudo-psychosis. Please consult with a psychiatrist because this is a very delicate subject. Fortunately the treatments are often quite effective. ...Read more
I'll try.: The conditions that cause life-long psychotic states are the schizophrenic conditions and the bipolar disorders. However, anyone can become psychotic temporarily from a variety of causes including drug abuse which can cause schizophreniform states. This is the shortest explanation i can give. ...Read more
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Various: Psychosis has both positive and negative signs. Positive signs are hallucinations and delusions as well as confused thinking. Negative symptoms include lack of goal oriented behavior and restricted emotions. If someone is experiencing any of the above it is possible they are in the early stages of psychosis. If you have such concerns consult with a mental health professional. ...Read more
Rp?: Please tell me what that stands for and i would gladly answer your question. ...Read more
Psychosis & Relapse: Often times, medications need adjustments, even as an outpatient so the patient can get back on track. Smoking and tobacco use may reduce the levels in one's system of certain medications. A patient may have been stabilized on an anti- psychotic medication in the hospital and then after discharge and when the smoking starts back, the levels fall and the person may become more psychotic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I , sometimes , completely disconnect from a situation that I am actually living and replace it for something else am I psychotic?
Disconnect: The options for what may explain these symptoms include: 1) depersonalization; 2) derealization; 3) dissociation; 4)psychosis; 5)medications or drug reaction; 6) medical problem. Depersonalization - feeling like you standing outside yourself watching what id going on - and derealization - feeling like you are seeing the world through a fog - are more common with panic. Des measure dissociation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it a mental/psychotic issue to be suscpitious about every single action of a person to the point of spying at all times? Can they be helped?
Paranoia: Yes, suspiciousness can reach psychotic proportions. Spying isn't diagnostic of any particular mental disorder, but a psychiatric evaluation could determine if one is present. Some people who have been mistreated by others become very suspicious to avoid being hurt again. If there's an illness and the person is willing, treatment could be provided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By the definition of psychotic then copernicus/newton/antibloodletting drs are psychotic? As they were "out of touch" w/predominant views of time?
Science and logic : They may have been considered by some people as psychotic. However, then they made their case with scientific observations and logical thinking, i would hope that people viewed them for that they were and that is people of science. ...Read more
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". ...Read more