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!

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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...

Whats psychotic depression?

Psychotic. Depression is any depressive episode that includes psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, seeing visions or feeling paranoid. Read more...
Depression. Psychosis in depression usually involves delusions of guilt or annihilation or of negative content, or hallucinations of derogatory nature such as voices telling the person he/she is bad or deserves to die or is worthless. Read more...
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...

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...
A break with reality. In some cases, major depression can be accompanied by psychotic features. Psychosis refers to impaired ability to accurately perceive reality, for example, delusions or hallucinations. Read more...

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...

Is there neurotic and psychotic depression?

These are old terms. But, yes, depression can occur with or without psychotic symptoms. And neurotic depression referred to several things like less severe depression or chronic depression. Read more...
New definitions. Pre 1980, psychotic depression just referred to more severe depression than neurotic. After 1980 with dsm 3 psychosis had to have delusions or hallucinations. Since we now use antipsychotic med like Abilify (aripiprazole) and seroquel to treat depression reguardless of psychosis, the old definition might be relevant. Read more...

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...
SEVERAL OPTIONS. There are multiple things that can be done if this an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis is depression with psychotic features then you would use an anti depressant and an anti psychotic. If it is bipolar disorder with depression and psychosis you would start with a mood stabilizer and an anti psychotic and try to have minimal exposre to anti depressants . Additionally supportive therapy. Read more...

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...

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...