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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

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 more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What is psychotic depression?

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 more

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Is psychotic depression lifelong?

Is psychotic depression lifelong?

See below: You're always at risk for re-occurrence of symptoms. If managed well with medication and psychotherapy, you definitely might return to a previous level of functioning. Stay medication compliant; while in remission, you should work on sx awareness and crisis management as well as figuring out what precipitated your sx in a first place. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is psychotic depression exactly?

Psychotic Depression: A severe form of depression which causes one to lose touch with reality. This is a psychiatric condition which warrants urgent medical care. Aka - major depression with psychotic features. ...Read more

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What can be done for psychotic depression?

What can be done for psychotic depression?

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 more

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Could psychotic depression be fully cured?

Could psychotic depression be fully cured?

Possibly: Psychotic depression usually requires treatment with both antidepressants and antipsychotics for a time, along with psychotherapy. Some people need to maintain these medications extensively in a preventive way, as well as treating the acute episode. But is is definitely possible to feel a lot better, and to enjoy life and relationships again! ...Read more

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How to know if I have psychotic depression?

Psychotic depression: Psychotic depression means that in addition to signs of depression you also have psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Examples are intense, unrealistic guilt; thoughts that one's body is deteriorating (when it's not); thoughts of extreme worthlessness; hearing voices that no one else can hear, often saying derogatory things.Changes in sleep, energy, and appetite are present too. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain psychotic depression to me?

Can anyone explain psychotic depression to me?

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 more

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Is psychotic depression a lifelong affliction?

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 more

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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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