Psychosis can be distressing for the individual concerned. Symptoms of psychosis are easy to spot if you know what you are looking for and can indicate that medical treatment is necessary. Fortunately modern treatments lead to a high recovery rate.
Psychosis can be distressing for the individual concerned and their behavior may alarm friends and relatives. Early medical intervention may be needed to care for the individual and give them oppropriate treatment.
What To Look For
Psychosis symptoms may be displayed by people with mental illness. People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression may suffer from psychosis from time to time. Alcoholics and substance abusers can also suffer from the symptoms of psychosis.
Hallucinations and delusions are the most common psychotic symptoms. Hallucinations are visions or voices that only the individual can see or hear. Delusions are false beliefs. For example, a belief that everyone knows your business or you are being followed or spied upon. Thoughts may also become disorganised and erratic.
People with psychosis are usually more frightened of others than you are of them. Their hallucinations and delusions may cause them to become anxious and agitated. They need to be approached with calmness and caution.
Do not escalate the situation by arguing with them or threatening them. A person with psychosis is more likely to harm themselves than harm others.
Leaving them alone to watch TV for extended periods is not a good idea.
Fortunately, psychosis can be treated with anti-psychotic medicines. While they don’t cure mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar order, they can lessen or eliminate hallucinations and delusions.
Cognitive Behaviour therapy and Social therapies can also be used to aid recovery. It is a bonus if the psychotic individual has the full support of family and friends.
Electro convulsive therapy or ECT may used to treat psychosis as a last resort when other treatments fail. This is a controversal treatment as many people do not like the idea of it. It is common for this treatment to cause memory loss which is an unwanted side effect.
Symptoms of psychosis can strike anyone no matter what age, sex, race or intelligence. With the right approach and medical treatment, psychosis has a high rate of recovery.