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Can ptsd lead to symptoms of psychosis?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sort of

Those with ptsd can have a variety of symptoms, e.
g., flashbacks of the trauma, hyperalertness, or overreaction to casual statements that can look quite like psychosis. Usually, though these are transient and related directly to the trauma. Effective treatment of the ptsd typically makes the symptoms go away.

In brief: Sort of

Those with ptsd can have a variety of symptoms, e.
g., flashbacks of the trauma, hyperalertness, or overreaction to casual statements that can look quite like psychosis. Usually, though these are transient and related directly to the trauma. Effective treatment of the ptsd typically makes the symptoms go away.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Psychosis

Ocd patients, as opposed to psychotics, retain insight into their illness, their symptoms are short-lasting, and their behavior is not disorganized.

In brief: Psychosis

Ocd patients, as opposed to psychotics, retain insight into their illness, their symptoms are short-lasting, and their behavior is not disorganized.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry

In brief: PTSD

Ptsd can be mistaken for many different conditions, including psychosis, personality d/o (often borderline), bipolar d/o, and others.
Usually it does not have the lifetime trajectory that longstanding psychoses like schizophrenia & schizoaffective d/o do, though. Someone with ptsd can become very paranoid and may well be transiently psychotic -- sleep deprivation can lead to this also.

In brief: PTSD

Ptsd can be mistaken for many different conditions, including psychosis, personality d/o (often borderline), bipolar d/o, and others.
Usually it does not have the lifetime trajectory that longstanding psychoses like schizophrenia & schizoaffective d/o do, though. Someone with ptsd can become very paranoid and may well be transiently psychotic -- sleep deprivation can lead to this also.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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