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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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Can psychosis happen from a week of alcohol abuse 6 days of drinking till black out with very little sleep and one meal a day only and paranoia?

Can psychosis happen from a week of alcohol abuse 6 days of drinking till black out with very little sleep and one meal a day only and paranoia?

Alcohol abuse: Why would you even do something like this??? - Yes - binge drinking to point of blacking out without sleep and little food intake is a recipe for all kinds of problems including pychosis and acute alcohol poisoning, death and if you recover - possible seizures and possible delerium tremons HIGHLY RECOMMMENDED that you NOT do this or repeat this crazy stunt ...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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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 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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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

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Can iatrogenic amphetamine psychosis and bipolar disorder cause deviant sexual behavior?

Can iatrogenic amphetamine psychosis and bipolar disorder cause deviant sexual behavior?

Yes: Amphetamines can mimic mania, and both amphetamine use and mania can provoke hypersexual activity. "deviant" is here a difficult word to understand--whether you mean it colloquially or in an older sense referring to abnormal (now called "paraphilic"). But in general, impulses of many kinds--sexual, aggressive, risky--that one might not want to act on can be disinhibited and exaggerated by both. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compulsive behavior?

What is the definition or description of: compulsive behavior?

Repetive dysfunction: This often refers to repetitive behavior which is far in excess of useful purpose, which tends to cause high levels of anxiety if it is not completed and which interferes with functioning in one or more areas. Severely repetitive handwashing, rigidy putting things in order over and over, counting over and over, and rituals done to prevent some imagined consequence are common examples. ...Read more

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Is it paranoid behavior, for me not to trust the doctors?

Establish trust: Trust is a process built over time with productive communication, credible results & an understanding of your treatment needs & plans.If yours is a setting where u seldom see the same dr twice, u don't get answers, you're confused about the plans, etc, i think u are being realistic, not paranoid. If u distrust all drs, u have a problem. Make an effort to find one you connect with. ...Read more

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Smoking cigarettes leads to paranoid behavior, axiety?

Not usually: Cigarettes do not as a rule lead to paranoid behavior. Unless, you are 14 and smoking in the bathroom "cigarettes" laced with marijuana or other substance is another matter. ...Read more

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Can there be some delineation between psychotic or bipolar behavior and PMS ?

Can there be some delineation between psychotic or bipolar behavior and PMS ?

Yes: Pms (premenstrual syndrome) is associated with mood lability, usually depression, irritability and often physical symptoms such as pain and bloating, but unlikely to be associated with psychotic thought process. I am not sure what you mean by psychotic or bipolar "behavior" psychosis is defined by thought process & content. Bipolar refers to mood and affect fluctuation. ...Read more

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Can ritalin and topamax (topiramate) be taken together for obsessive compulsive behaviors?

Can ritalin and topamax (topiramate) be taken together for obsessive compulsive behaviors?

OCD and ADHD may: occur together or be mistaken for the other. Ritalin (methylphenidate) may worsen OCD symptoms. SSRIs (fluoxetine, sertraline) help OCD but may not be enough and one study suggests that adding Topamax (topiramate) may help 60-70% of individuals. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the only scientifically-supported behavioral treatment for OCD. Skilled evaluation and treatment is necessary for OCD. Best regards. ...Read more

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What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

Yes: There are many out there. This is one that i know of: http://morningsiderecovery.Com/addiction-treatment/video-games/gaming-addiction-treatment.Php. ...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)

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