Psychosis – causes, symptoms, and treatment explained

Psychosis – causes, symptoms, and treatment explained


Psychosis is a type of mental illness where
a person loses touch with the reality. They may also experience quite distressing symptoms
which are broadly classified into delusions which is false beliefs. They may experience
hallucinatory things like voices when no one is around them. They may also have disturbances
with their thought processes. If you are looking at the causes of psychotic
disorders, these can be a number of ideological factors or causative factors. One of them
being acute stress, severe overwhelming stress for an individual. The other being illicit
drugs or alcohol. Third being prescription medications like steroids, for example, may
cause psychosis. The fourth being severe enduring mental illnesses like schizophrenia or mood
disorders. Lastly, sometimes because of what is called organicity, meaning that some physical
problems in the brain, for example, tumours. The symptoms of psychosis can be broadly classified
into symptoms of beliefs, hallucinatory experiences, and thirdly, thought disorder symptoms. If I elaborate
on each, the false beliefs are also called delusions. Basically meaning the person develops a belief which they hold very strongly. It can be of various types. For example, some may believe that
people are out to kill them or get them. It’s called paranoid or persecutory delusions.
Some may develop grandiose delusions. Basically meaning they believe they have supernatural powers to do
things. It can also be what is called delusions over friends where they believe people are talking about
them or laughing at them and that might make them retaliate.
Talking about the hallucinating experiences, the most common ones are, people may sometimes hear voices talking to them coming from outside of themselves telling them sometimes nasty
things or giving some demands to do things which are called command hallucinations. These hallucinations are perception disorders in a way. They can be in any other modality as well, basically meaning they can be of touch, smell, taste, and sometimes, they may see things which aren’t there.
The third classical symptoms would be the disorder symptoms where they are confused
with their thought processes. They are again classified into different varieties. For example,
you may not understand what they are trying to say at all, or it may be they have difficulty
conveying their thoughts. These are the three broad classical symptoms people
may experience when they are psychotic. Psychosis can range from very transitory or
illnesses which may last for a few days to what are called enduring mental illnesses
like schizophrenia for example. In schizophrenia, the person may develop these symptoms in quite
a young age that may require treatment normally with medications or with talking therapies as well.
The symptoms sometimes can be very risky for the patient and for others. This really needs
to be carefully diagnosed first and then monitored and treated. Psychosis is treated generally with medications called anti-psychotics. There are a number
of anti-psychotics that can be used depending on what would benefit the person and what
would be the side effects which the particular person is able to tolerate. There’s a choice
of medications which can be used. These anti-psychotics are to be used for quite some time perhaps
two years, three years, for a person to actually benefit. Other than that, there are other
various talking therapies called cognitive behaviour therapy and other therapies which
could help. The other one is to look at how to help or
support the person to integrate back into the community so that they can lead normal
and productive lives. For a disorder like schizophrenia, sometimes, if we can broadly
classify it, around one-third of people may have one episode and may never experience
it again, and another one-third may actually never recover from their symptoms or their illness and the remaining percentage of people may have a number of episodes throughout their lives.
But the good news is there are medications, if combined with talking therapy and other
supports around their person can actually help a person lead a normal life.

45 Replies to “Psychosis – causes, symptoms, and treatment explained”

  1. Sir I have phycosis since 13years I like to go to gym n I go daily but when I was diagnosed with it no one believed it sir can I would come out of it 13years is too much I have gone through hell

  2. I think I am starting to have an episode.. sucks ass.. I hope I can beat it without meds, because I hate those meds..

  3. It's a travesty that the field of Psychiatry doesn't use actual medicine to diagnose their patients. Most of these people probably have some form of autoimmune, viral encephalopathy going on. But no one will ever test them for it. Too much money to be lost and can't risk the reputation of the pseudoscience field called psychiatry.

    The brain is an organ just like any other. If your heart was malfunctioning, or your liver were, they would be running blood tests to figure out the cause, but it's not so in this field of quackery.

  4. My partner is currently being treated in the mental health ward of the hospital for psychosis, they're unsure weather it's drug related or if schizophrenia as it runs in his family. I'm trying my best to be there for him but I've been doing a lot of research and trying to find answers to help his condition. I need to know how to communicate with him. When he's deluded and inconsolable I gently grab his face and reassure him it's going to be ok, and then he asks why I'm crying

  5. How does being diagnosed with this, prevent domestic abuse? The police are so evil-they just apologised for their behaviour 6 and 1/2 years later, this morning! The psychiatrist and my GP who called me homicidal, should be ashamed! Some of us are so happy in life, others cannot take it! Bless us!

  6. My friend suffering from schizophrenia, she don't want to believe that she is suffered from the disease but when she explained her self to me how things happens to her they are the same symptoms. She meet two or three psychiatrist here but they couldn't understand her, so I want to treat her by myself.and this video litraly help me.

  7. Dear sir pls guide wht i should do for treatment of breathing disorder while I am awake feeling very much hard to take breath where I should go so pls wht i should do

  8. If you have hallucinations of Visual images in your mind those visual images are in the third Eye chakra of the Soul the brain is incapable of making a visual images

    Clairvoyants can receive information from the spirit world through the third Eye chakra and then pass on accurate information to people that they know nothing about and they are receiving these visual images with intuitive feelings

    Drugs do not work on people who have hallucinations those hallucinations are constructed created images created by God and the angels and implanted into somebody's third eye

  9. I suffered even morr after taking medications, ralkung therapy is better, stay away from drugs and alcohol..Prayer and meditate on Gods words, try to love yourself, start in small ways, breathing exercises also brisk walk if possible…

  10. My sister gets confused, forgetful and says strange things like "I need to keep the room dark so they don't find me". She stays with our parents often and she is fine has no strange episodes for weeks at a time but as soon as she goes back to her own home, things turn bad again. She will talk to me normally and then out of the blue she'll say that someone came around to her house the night before (sometimes that person is the ex husband or a dead person). No sign of voices, no aggression, she doesn't talk much, she showers every day and no history of drug abuse.What is wrong with her??

  11. I experienced a psychotic break once which led me to br diagnosed with Bipolar 1. It was unlike anything I have ever felt. I had never felt so terrified, sheer terror, and then the next moment pure ecstasy. I felt so free of my inhibitions. I think it is a defense mechanism under too much stress that the person cannot handle.

  12. I did have supernatural powers… As I was coming out of it when I was in treatment playing catch I was barely looking catching two small balls at one time.. Even though I'm good at sports I can't do the things I was doing when I was in psychosis

  13. I had a next door neighbor who was like this and she had a house ful of cock roaches as for me i find ppl like this so damn funny and she made me laugh so fucking hard I had cock roaches crawling on me as she was thinking she was talking to her doctor and he was not even in the room and she was throwing fist in the air first of all I am not even her doctor so the crazy shit ppl say I would say throw them crazy's on the stage make ppl laugh

  14. If it's caused by stress you can just get CBT because it's stress and trama related.

    Plus a delusion is just any fexated false belief resistant to logic reason and evidence.

    Plus as much stress as i was exposed to on a daily bases no wounder why i had head problem's growing up.

    I mean if people went through the shit i went through at 5 year's old and most of my life they would be fucked in the head.

    Either temporarily or permanently.

    Rather than the mental health system trying to truly understand the shit i went through and give me love.

    They instead druged the shit out of me.

  15. The first thing that you need to look for with schizophrenia is viruses, parasites and bad bacteria in the gut then heal the gut.

  16. him: …. or physical things in the brain, tumors
    my horrendous never ending thoughts: YOU HAVE A TUMOR

  17. Psychosis is essentially the uninformed Western terminology for an Existential crisis/Dark Night of The Soul. Allopathic medical practitioners are tragically not educated in these types of areas. Avoid all anti-depressants, they will destroy your neurotransmitters to a devastating affect. Seek a Holistic practitioner or Homeopathy specialist.

  18. My son was just diagnosed with severe depression with psychosis and is in treatment its been a game changer but hopefully we are able to help him and make it better long term

  19. Every time I go to bed, I open my eyes like every 5 seconds because it feels like a killer will come out of my bed and kill me when I'm not looking. Plz help I don't know what to do.

  20. hi. It is my belief that psychotics are not sick, they are instead in a hyper state, the purpose of this hyper state is to flush out the junk they have received (there's a lot of bs out there) and rebuild their mental maps at the fundamental level. This involves shaking off all authoritative abuse, directly or indirectly imposed on them. When they come out the other end they come out stronger. In the western system we see this "death and rebirth" process as "illness", it is not illness. Labelling it as such only disables people. It is a natural process that occurs when people have a lot of suppressed energy that needs expression, such people are extremely strong and one of the challenges of the psychotic is learning non-violent communication and channeling that energy constructively. Of course, after the abuse that happens to them in the mental health system, I am not surprised they often want to avoid people at all costs as society NOT ONLY provides no value for them, society is actually COUNTER-VALUABLE to their needs. 50% of surviving mental illness is avoiding people who could potentially hospitalise you against your will.

  21. I don’t feel myself, my emotions are numbed, I experience nervousness when speaking to others, and don’t feel like doing a thing.. no motivation.. just feel disconnected from family and friends.. someone help!!!!

  22. I haven’t talked to a soul in a couple years until a few days ago, I talked to a couple people and they seemed to be afraid of me and said I wasn’t acting normal, I’m scared to leave my house cause I think someone is coming after me over things from a long time ago, I’ve just recently started to see things around me like people. I’ve also had nightmares on the regular for the past few months, I live with my family and none of us exchange a word. I have a feeling something terribly wrong is going to happen to me I’m not sure what to do

  23. I was diagnosed with depression and shortly after I was told I I have a BPD also known as EUPD I started hearing voices telling me to harm myself making jokes at me and constantly threatening me and then I was put into hospital for 4 weeks been on and of medication also for psychosis evil hallucinations. Mental health is no joke I've seen and felt things no one would ever dream of get the help and try to move on hope for the best get as much support and help u can before it's to late.

  24. Thank you sir. My grandfather would say that's more what his mother went through than schizophrenia with her 1 o'clock screams.

  25. Sometimes when I get high my thoughts amplify and I start actually hearing voices, they could be positive or they can be negative asf. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I’m afraid I might have schizophrenia. They sometimes happen when I’m sober

  26. I've been getting so down lately.. I should have never done drugs, been sober for 2 years and it's almost like I never stopped.

  27. I always had a fear of having psychosis. My half sister and mom both had schizoaffective disorder.

    Not so long ago (around 6 months) I couldn’t leave my house. I was crying every day. I had a panic attacks every day. I kept having repetitive thoughts of suicide.
    It’s like my thoughts weren’t my own. I could’ve sworn I was psychotic. Thankfully, I received help. Now I’m on meds and I’ve been able to cope a lot better.

  28. sometime i laugh or talk in loneliness can someone tell me is it a disease if it is then what is a cure without using medicine

  29. My daughter was diagnosed with secondary schizophrenia.
    She exhibited delusions and hallucinations but her thinking was more or less clear; she was aware she was very ill.
    The psychiatrist scripted medication which stopped the symptoms within a week but over about 6 months she put on 20 kg.
    The medication was very effective called rexulit , now 12 month later she is exhibiting no symptoms and has lost about 5kg.
    She got a lot of moral support from us and now is back with her boyfriend.
    She disclosed to the psychiatrist she had been smoking weed to relieve the stress of her occupation but now she has reduced her hours by half and does not smoke it anymore.
    She was able to stop taking the
    anti psychotic drug too after about six months.
    The psychiatrist said there was a risk of relapse, but she has been recovered for over 12 months now with no return to the illness.
    She followed all ADVICE from the psychiatrist and cooperated with us; she recently confided she wanted to totally recover and did no want to be admitted to a mental hospital even knowing at the beginning there was a risk of this.
    Her wanting to be rid of the illness I believe was a big factor in her recovery.
    My best wishes for recovery to any body suffering from this illnes but seek treatment and abide with it- not learn to live with this demon!
    Fight it !!!!!

  30. I watch this video because I feel like I am have physios because I've actually thought I had special powers people talking behind my back

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