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What would a psychologist doif someome was psychotic or having delusions....Not dangerous, but still having an episode. Also, what can a friend do?
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Building Trust = Key
As a psychologist, i'd want 2be part of a treatment team 4this individual.
Psychologists aren't medical docs & as such don't prescribe meds. I'd be curious about how meds known 2sharpen thinking would affect this person's perceptions & ideas. A psychiatrist could recommend meds 2 try. Hopefully, we'd work together 2help this person find ways 2sense when s/he could use others' reality checks.

In brief: Building Trust = Key
As a psychologist, i'd want 2be part of a treatment team 4this individual.
Psychologists aren't medical docs & as such don't prescribe meds. I'd be curious about how meds known 2sharpen thinking would affect this person's perceptions & ideas. A psychiatrist could recommend meds 2 try. Hopefully, we'd work together 2help this person find ways 2sense when s/he could use others' reality checks.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Give Antipsychotics
It depends on the cause of the psychoses, for example, if there could be a physical cause-like lupus.
Then, if it were me and my patient was truly psychotic, i would likely prescribe him or her an antipsychotic medication. There are several very effective ones to choose from. Then, i would carefully monitor my patient, seeing him or her every week, if needed, until the psychosis lifted.

In brief: Give Antipsychotics
It depends on the cause of the psychoses, for example, if there could be a physical cause-like lupus.
Then, if it were me and my patient was truly psychotic, i would likely prescribe him or her an antipsychotic medication. There are several very effective ones to choose from. Then, i would carefully monitor my patient, seeing him or her every week, if needed, until the psychosis lifted.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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2 comments
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychologists cannot prescribe medications. You need a Psychiatrist to do so.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Good point. Yes, I guess I made a mistake here. I should have pointed out that a Psychologist can't prescribe medications. Sorry for the confusion. In fact, I'm not sure now, the answer above was the one I wrote for this question. Anyway, thanks.
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Psychiatrist
See your psychiatrist to get treated.
Psychologist and friends would be helpful.

In brief: Psychiatrist
See your psychiatrist to get treated.
Psychologist and friends would be helpful.
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
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