Does everybody with psychotic depression go to psych hospitals?

No. Usually people are admitted to a hospital if they are a danger to themselves or others and are they are unsafe outside a hospital environment. Otherwise psychotic depression can be treated with medication or (ideally) medication + psychotherapy. If the person is very disorganized, they may benefit from the structure of a residential treatment program or "halfway" program.
Not always. Psychotic depression usually entails impairment in reality testing. In other words delusions - usually of guilt but sometimes persecution. It's also often accompanied by strong suicidal thinking. That's why most folks with this disorder end up in the hospital. Some larger communities have intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs that can be used in such cases to avert hospitalization.

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I think I have psychotic depression. But I don't want to go into treatment. How can I make it go away on my own? I don't want people to know about it.

Depression . Depression with psychosis is a serious medical condition requiring a treatment regimen by a doctor. Since the treatment regimen typically involves medication, it will not go away on its own. Depression with psychosis involves constant sadness, hopelessness and feelings of unworthiness which are further complicated by symptoms of psychosis such as delusions and hallucinations. The medications prescribed for depression are meant to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain and/or to control anxiety. Please seek medical attention so that the proper regimen can be prescribed for you. "going into treatment" as in 'being admitted' to the hospital may not be required if you are able to understand your condition and follow medical instructions. People with psychosis are usually admitted if they pose a danger to themselves or others and are placed on the medications until the person's psychosis resolves. If you do not get treatment, your psychosis may worsen, you can become delusional and you may do something that weill result in an arrest and/or an involuntary admission to the hospital. It sounds like you are able to understand your condition and can take the steps to follow a doctor's regimen. See your doctor. Read more...
See a psychiatrist. Depression can have an insidious onset that can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Seeing a psychiatrist for an assessment can quickly clarify the underlying problem. 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...

How could psychotic depression relate to others?

Need clarification. I am not sure if you are asking how someone with psychotic depression will relate to others or how someone should interact with someone with psychotic depression. Psychotic depression is very serious and people with this often have difficulty interacting with others at all. I would recommend someone suffering with this get into psychotherapy as soon as possible in order to get some relief. Read more...

Which type of medication is used for psychotic depression?

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 more...
Psychotic depression. Several combinations exist. One medication I use is symbiax which is combination of Prozac and zyprexa (olanzapine). Discuss with your doc. Read more...

Does having psychotic depression mean you have to be institutionalized?

It means you need. treatment STAT. If this condition causes you to feel suicidal or homicidal, or if you get into trouble because of severe interference with normal mental functioning, then hospitalization would be indicated. There are minor version of psychosis that might be more manageable at home with meds, for example, but go to a psychiatrist right away to assess. Read more...
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 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 is the specific difference between psychotic depression and schizoaffective?

Psychosis timing. For those with major depression with psychosis, the key is that the psychotic symptoms never persist after the depression goes away. Schizoaffective disorder results in psychotic symptoms occurring without and independent of depressive symptoms as well as with them. 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...