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Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental health problem. It causes a person to be out of touch with reality and affects a persons daily functioning.

There are different kinds of psychosis:

  • Drug-induced (due to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, PCP and others)

  • Bipolar disorder (formerly called Manic-Depression)

  • Depression

  • Schizophrenia

  • Dementia

Symptoms of psychosis can include:

  • Hearing voices that others do not hear

  • Seeing things that others do not see

  • Racing thoughts

  • Lack of energy

  • Feeling extremely fearful

Treatment for psychosis depends on the cause. Medicine, with or without psychotherapy, is often used.

Home Care:

  • Be sure to take your medicine as directed even if you think you don't need it.

  • Talk with your family about your feelings and thoughts.

Follow Up

with your counselor, therapist or psychiatrist as advised by our staff. To learn more about this illness and available resources, contact your local mental health organization.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Feeling like you want to harm yourself or another

  • Feeling extremely depressed

  • Feeling out of control or being controlled by others

  • Unable to care for yourself

 

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