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Herbal Treatment For Paranoid Delusions
Brain disorder: Many general medical and psychiatric illnesses are life long, and the symptoms last forever. This is true for diabetes, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, and so on. Many psychiatric illnesses have symptoms that last the entire person's life. With continued treatment, symptoms can remain in remission. Please keep in mind that if a person has schizophrenia, treatment needs to be lifelong. ...Read more
Anxiety v. psychosis: Ocd has two major components: intrusive and inappropriate thoughts (not worries about real-life problems), and repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress. With ocd, people recognize that the thoughts are creations of their own anxious minds. With paranoid delusions, people have fixed beliefs that they believe are actually true in the real world--even though they are false. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paranoid delusions: If this is true about your mother, she needs to see her physician or psychiatrist for urgent evaluation. Other things besides psychotic illness can cause paranoid delusions, including medications or recreational drugs/alcohol; delirium due to other medical problems like infection, out-of-control diabetes, strokes or tia's, etc. If she refuses evaluation, ask her doctor about involuntary process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My partner is suffering from confusion psychosis. How should I react to her confusion/paranoid delusions? Should i reason with her? Just disagree?
Listen: Confronting someone with true delusions is likely to estrange them. The best course of action is to bring it to her psychiatrist's attention. When I am faced with dilemna of agreeing or disagreeing with delusional material - i often listen in a supportive manner. Antipsychotic medications can be beneficial. ...Read more
Variety of delusions: Delusions (demonstrably untrue beliefs held with strong conviction) can be classified as either non-bizarre or bizarre. An example of a non-bizarre delusion: "the police are monitoring my behavior." example of a bizarre delusion: "aliens have removed my brain." a "paranoid delusion" typically refers to a delusion of persecution, or a belief that someone is intending one harm. ...Read more
Paranoid: Deeply rooted feelings of unjust persecution that likely have no basis in reality. ...Read more
Anxiety vs paranoia: Someone suffering from paranoid delusion is convinced that what they believe is true in spite of all evidence to the contrary. They cannot be talked out of their delusion nor can they be comforted. Someone with anxious thoughts is usually fretting the future in spite of the fact that what they are fearing is unlikely to happen. They do not argue with that lack of likelihood, but will complain that they cannot control their thoughts. ...Read more
Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to do alone: If there is someone you trust, lay person or pro, try to ask them to confirm or challenge your point of view. Let them know that your idea is what you believe, but that you have a doubt. Just asking this here is a good sign that you might find relief but it takes a helper. Depending on things unstated, you may even be able to do it without drugs. But they might be needed too. I'm hopeful for you. ...Read more
Reality: Breaks are or can be serious and if her symptoms include hurting herself or other people, she needs immediate help. Go to er. If these are feelings of persecution, life isn't fair, every one hates me: engage someone skilled at evaluation to discern if talk or medication is needed. ...Read more
Not generally: "hormone imbalance" can encompass a great many things, including all kinds of mood instability, agitation, appetite changes, and sleep disturbances. Paranoid delusions are not a usual part of this, though. Seeing your physician -- and probably also a psychiatrist -- would be a very good idea. They can investigate possible causes and recommend helpful treatments. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on what that root cause is. If schizophrenia, one would need antipsychotic medicines at optimal, consistent dosing for a time. If it's a recreational drug, one hopes the delusions will quiet down once the drug is out of system - but in the case of marijuana and some hallucinogens, these may persist. If mania or psychotic depression, delusions should leave when mood problem remits. ...Read more
I am experiencing hallucinations, paranoid delusions, panic attack, hopelessness, sadness, slow thinking, difficulty thinking, difficulty focusing, feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness, feeling smothered) , difficult
A friend is delusional/paranoid&suspicious of docs-was just released from a psych hold & is still refusing treatment. What can I do?
Refusing treatment: Tom Gutheil, MD from Harvard wrote Rotting with your Rights On. It details how in the face of mental illness they have the right to refuse tx. but not the right to get treatment. Unless dangerous to self or others u have no recourse. If they r call the police and have the committed involuntarily. i assume they r over 18yo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am constantly hullicinating, paranoid, extremely depressed, extremely manic and delusional. Am i a good canidate for shock therapy?
Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural i could try first?
Elderly delusions: Delusions in the elderly come from many sources -- including medical problems like dehydration, constipation, and urinary tract infections. Medications can also cause this. Treatment is to find & address these causes. The only "antipsychotic" herb i know -- rauwolfia serpentina -- can also cause low bp. Not safe in elderly people! very low-dose antipsychotic meds may help safely, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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