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Is having a "breakdown" the same as having a psychotic episode?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Breakdown

That word is not a medical term so it can mean almost anything.

In brief: Breakdown

That word is not a medical term so it can mean almost anything.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually.

"breakdowns" is a term in common usage outside the medical field and can mean many different things.
"psychosis" is a medical term roughly meaning "out of touch with reality". In common usage, breakdowns are not usually psychotic but if not dealt with they could lead to a psychosis in some cases.

In brief: Not usually.

"breakdowns" is a term in common usage outside the medical field and can mean many different things.
"psychosis" is a medical term roughly meaning "out of touch with reality". In common usage, breakdowns are not usually psychotic but if not dealt with they could lead to a psychosis in some cases.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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