Psychotic Disorder Explained

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What is a psychotic disorder?

A psychotic disorder, or psychosis, is a mental disease that may already start during the teenage years, but mostly between the ages of 18 and 24. No causes can be specified for this disorder, although it runs in families. It may occur because of a psychiatric illness, a health condition, a specific medication being taken, a history of alcohol usage, or substance abuse. Usually, the person displaying these symptoms is not aware of having this disorder. Although men are more vulnerable to this disorder than women are, prenatal and perinatal factors can increase a woman???s vulnerability, as well as mental health problems after birth. Luckily, psychotic disorder treatment is here to help.

The symptoms of psychotic disorder

Initial symptoms include delusions that have no basis in real life; hallucinations, where someone hears, sees, feels, tastes, or perceives something that is not present; hyperactivity, when someone senses that outside forces control them, like paranoia; and last, incoherent communication with a possibility to get agitated very easily ??? clearly displaying a deterioration in behaviour or an impairment with reality.

Other negative symptoms include social withdrawal or isolation, apathy, anxiety and nervousness, hostility and aggression, a loss of appetite, and disorganised speech and behaviour. Cognitive symptoms include a difficulty to react to, or process information being given, and understanding immediate surroundings.

Affective symptoms, or moods, might include depression and thoughts of suicide. Women that are postpartum, can experience hallucinations, delusions, and rapid mood swings.

Assessment of a psychotic disorder

Before psychotic disorder treatment starts, the health-care professionals will take a close look at all these symptoms and make a medical evaluation of the behaviour and mental health of the person, also consulting with the loved ones. These family members or friends will be requested to supply a detailed history of the person, including medical and psychiatric problems, and previous hospitalisation. If the professionals identify a medical illness as the cause, it could be the result of taking certain medication or substances. Otherwise, the person will be assessed by a mental-health professional, like a psychiatrist, for a mental illness related to schizophrenia??or depression.

Psychotic disorder treatment

Home remedies are usually ineffective, meaning that the patient will have to be hospitalised for effective and comprehensive psychotic disorder treatment. Treatment includes medication, which nowadays has almost no side-effects, and talk therapy ??? individual psychotherapy and rehabilitation. Even after hospitalisation, the patient will have to use antipsychotic medication to return to a healthy life.

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