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Tests For Psychotic Depression
No - get help: Psychotic depression is very serious and requires medical attention. A combination of psychiatric and psychological treatments will provide the best results. Psychotic depression presents a high risk for suicide as well as harm to others. Don't delay - get help right away. The great news is - it is highly treatable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Depression plus: Depression refers to sustained depressed or irritable mood & changes in sleep, appetite, & energy level, maybe suicidality. Sometimes, with severe depression, people become psychtic, with hallucinations (e.g., voices saying "you deserve to die") or delusions (e.g., "my body is rotting"). These sx relate to depressive themes & typically go away with successful rx of the depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare but possible: Rarely, a clinical depressive episode is so severe that low mood is accompanied by psychosis, often seen as a loss of reality with derogating auditory hallucinations, paranoia and sometimes suicidal thoughts. This is treatable, but needs to be dealt with immediately by seeing a psychiatrist. If in danger of harming self or others, then first seek care at the emergency room or call 911. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually until better: If a person is so mentally ill that she is psychotic, that means her brain has trouble telling what is real or not real, trouble interpreting what others say or do, trouble separating right from wrong, important from unimportant, trouble thinking or planning... she basically is not functional. We would not want someone like that driving down the street alongside us... thus, it's hospital time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually two choices: The two choices one generally has as options for psychotic depression are medications and electroconvulsive therapy or ect. Medications would usually include a combination of an antidepressant plus an antipsychotic drug. I wonder how you know that either you or someone else has psychotic depression and what has been done for in the past? It is a very serious condition requiring psychiatric care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not normally: Psychosis is usually only seen with severe depression. The psychotic symptoms and the depression can be treated. Although some people do have chronic depression, the psychosis can be resolved. That person may have full or partial resolution of depressive symptoms. Life long medications are indicated for some patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antipsychotics: Psychotic depression is very serious and the most effective treatment is ect. However, many respond to a combination of antipsychotic medications with either a mood stabilizer as lithium or/ and antidepressant. There is no evidence that any one med in any class is more effective than the other. There is serious risk of suicide and other life threatening behaviors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major Depression: Aka major depression with psychotic features. Some people who have severe depression can experience psychotic symptoms such as delusions and/or hallucinations during depressed episodes. When the patient is not depressed they also do not experience any of the psychosis. The condition can be very severe and disabling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serious condition!: Depression with psychotic features is a very serious condition that has a particularly high risk of suicide. Initially usually an antidepressant combined with an antipsychotic are necessary (and sometimes after a reasonable period of stability the antipsychotic can be tapered off). Hospitalization is often necessary, and care should be managed by a psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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