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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 a bad reaction to Abilify (aripiprazole) cause paranoid thinking and obsessive/compulsive type behavior? My issues started around the time I started Abilify (aripiprazole)

Only one way to know: It seems self-evident to me, but I guess not to others. Don't do this without your doctor's collaboration. Really knowing is a 2-step process. 1) Stop the Abilify (aripiprazole) & see if the bad stuff goes away. 2) If it does, restart Abilify (aripiprazole) & see if it comes back. Step 2 is important for drugs e.g. for diabetes, blood pressure, etc. For psych meds, step 2 is often not necessary or even desirable. ...Read more

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Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

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 more

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My partner is suffering from confusion psychosis. How should I react to her confusion/paranoid delusions? Should i reason with her? Just disagree?

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

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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 expression or 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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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

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What anti-psychotic has the least unpleasant side-effects but is best for dealing with paranoia and insecurity?

What anti-psychotic has the least unpleasant side-effects but is best for dealing with paranoia and insecurity?

It depends: A lot of times this is a trial and error thing with each person -- but many might start with Abilify (aripiprazole) these days. There are many other reasonable choices which could be selected based on specific side effect profile for a specific patient. Not everyone responds well to all medications, so i can't make a blanket statement for all. ...Read more

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Could paranoia be a part of psychotic depression?

Could paranoia be a part of psychotic depression?

Yes it can: People who are psychotically depressed are often delusional, generally with self-deprecatory thoughts and feelings. Paranoia may certainly be part of these, along with extreme guilt and worthlessness. Effective treatment requires both antidepressants and antipsychotic medication. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Writer
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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)

Psychoses are mental health conditions where a person has a state of mind not in line with reality, and can include hallucinations (sights and sounds that are not truly occurring), delusions (false beliefs), and a lack of insight ...Read more