What is Psychosis?

This is a mental illness which can sometimes be precipitated by a physical illness, medication or drugs. The patient with the psychosis temporarily is unable to rationalize based on the information in front of them.

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hi doctor, My aunt aged 66 suffered a stroke in the left cerebellum in july 2013& was treated subsequently. The stroke left her left side imbalanced. She regained her prior condition after 2 months of phsiotheraphy. In October 2013, she stared...
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Any patient with internal brain damage has poor prognosis. In her case, chances of getting 100% recovery are almost nil. May be for rest of life, she would remain same or condition deteriorate. Antipsychotic would keep her psychotic symptoms in control, so...
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How do you treat typhoid psychosis? Do you just treat the typhoid Bacteria and the patient recovers or do yo still go ahead and treat the psychosis with antipsychotics?
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yes typhoid psychosis can only be treated by treating typhoid with antibiotic & other symptomatic treatment. but its important to rule out any possibility of neuroinfection in the child
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My 21 years old son was prescribed Dextroamphetamine in December 2013. Earlier he was one monthe on Adderal and about 3 months on Vyvanse. He developed severe psychosis. He believed that he had scabies and then scabies turned into nanobots...
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I went through your details. I suggest you not to worry much. Your sons condition is obsessive compulsive disorder induces psychoses. The medicines given are good and he should be back to normalcy within 6 months if all the conditions including...
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Hi, my friend was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder about 9 mos. ago after a year long delusional psychosis . He was 23, 6 4 , slim build. during his psychosis he became obsessed with a popstar and stalked her .Eventually he came to believe...
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Your friend requires evaluation his case.
He might have schizophrenia and require urgent attention.
Contact his parents and inform regarding his condition.
Take him to psychiatrist and get the diagnosis properly.
Take treatment very regularly and keep follow up.
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Trying to find a doc who deals with postpartum psychosis in XXXXXXX area. Sister needs help and is being run through the system. Any suggestions or referrals are welcome. Thank you.
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Post-partum psychosis can be easily managed by any psychiatrist. Just ask her doctor to refer her to any psychiatrist who is available. No special expertise is needed in this field as it all psychiatrists are...
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I had an episode of Psychosis at the age of 30. There were delusions, but no hallucinations .I faced some stress at office related to project change and that was the start of all.To put it in short, I started believing, at office people around...
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The hallucinations that you have described do not appear to be true hallucinations that are seen in psychotic illnesses. What you perceived is very common even in people without any mental illness and you need not be...
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Hi, What is a stress induced psychosis? Thank you
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Psychosis induced by stress

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Hi and thank you so much for this query.

Psychosis are characterized by delusions. Here the patient is convinced of things that are not real which are based on his intuition,interpretation or hallucination-especially auditory ones. These...
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age 42yrs female symptoms;loss of sleep,appetite and interest,feeling of guilt, hallucination , delusion ,odd speech ,suicidal attempts,unrealistic behavior,no oral intake of backround:suspicious husband aged 51 yrs,two teenaged children(male and female)educational qualification:8th standard.psychiatrist report as acute psychosis and sedation,anti depressants and mind relaxing acute psychosis long it takes time to cure?does the patient return to normal state after taking treatment?
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Thanks for the query.
Yes 100% your problem is curable and you will return to normal. so dont worry.
time for cure depends on your will power and effort.So follow few of these :
Dont be stressed too much.think positive . if you think negative it creats negative impact on your life...
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XXXXXXX was born in October 1981 in Australia. He was diagnosed when he was 19 with Schizo Affective Disorder. Since then he has been treated with various drugs to control his depression and psychosis including Prozac and resperadone at the start. Over the past four years he has been treated with
Solian 400 mg, Invega 9 mg and Avanza 60 mg per day. These dosages have been periodically altered to arrive at the current dosage above. However these values may not be ideal. XXXXXXX has never presented with chronic depression or chronic psychosis but a low level mix of the two. Over the past three years I have noticed a marked inability for him to hold down any job. This has been because of his presentation to others of illogical or incoherent speech at times, and rambling speech when he is relaxed and by himself. He has an excellent memory (learnt by heart) but this is marred by his inability to concentrate for too long and his inability to carry out three, four or five instructions consecutively.
The loss of losing several jobs has made him even more despondent with the occasional comment of just giving up. He has recently turned to smoking and I would hate to think that he may contemplate suicide if he can’t improve. XXXXXXX is an affable person but he has no friends and even though he has tried to make them he is always rejected , possibly due to his illogical speech at times and his inability to say the right thing or raise the appropriate question. He is currently studying Horticulture on which his exam performance has been excellent. He lives with my wife and I and we help him with his study and give him much love and consideration.
I have a few questions that perhaps you could answer –

1.     What dosages would be ideal for Schzo Affective disorder ?
2.     In this instance should Solian be given with Invega or removed from the equation ?
3.     Is the current drug choice and dosage the best that can be administered ?
4.     Should one contemplate giving Clozapine ?
5.     Do you need any further information ?

University of WA
1st Sept 2012

Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     31 year old male
•     Known case of Schizo affective disorder
•     Currently on: Solian 400 mg, Invega 9 mg and Avanza 60 mg per day
•     Complaints of: rambling,...
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My wife had a psychotic episode this summer. I finally got her hospitalized after 2 months. She was 39 years old at the time. She was given risperidol but this caused elevated prolactin ( breast milk and periods stopped). She was switched to Zyprexa and she became tired all the time with falt affect and sleeping 16 ours a day. She developed diabetes and was hopsitalized for ketoacidosis . Now she is on haldol and tired all the time. My question is: could the the psychosis have been caused by hormones/menopause? She still has not had a period in the past 5 months. She has been diagnosed paranoid schophrenia. I doubt this dx due to the late onset and the fact that all the meds make her tired.
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Paranoid schizophrenia do not occur due to hormonal imbalance or menopause. Most commonly it occur due to increase dopamine transmission in brain.

Antipsychotic medicine used to affect menstrual cycle, but now this side effect is very less with newer medicines...
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I m experiencing mood disorders since I was 15 now I m 23 . I have been diagnosed with psychotic disorder couple of years back and was prescribed medication . I didn t take the medication as the time goes by or trying to meet different people will help. But after my dad passed away I been experiencing very weird thing I feel like someone is watching me all the time and sometimes I feel a dark shadow is engulfing me I didn t tell my about of this I m worried she might think I m weird. Lately its been worse I feel like my dad is calling trying to tell me something. I laugh n the very next moment I start crying. I m worrying for no reason.
Thanks for your query.You are definitely having a psychological disorder You must realize the fact that man is bound to get mental illness during his life time in difficult situations . So it is always safe to consult psychiatrist and take medication scrupulously .Please do not discontinue...
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My husband is going through chemo . In July he started having psychotic episodes. They usually last around five days and then he will start to get better. The doctors have said it was dehydration the first time it happened. The next time it happened they said it might be seizures so they prescribed him a seizure drug. It has not helped. He is going through an episode right now. He talks to people and sees people that are not here for example. Can the chemo be causing this?
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I have read your question carefully and see that the patient is on chemotherapy, developed some psychotic symptoms on and off, and having one episode right now.

The point that he had it previously, which went away after one week, points to a possibility of delirium-...
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Male,20 years old, adverse reaction to antbiotic Biaxin XL, psychotic episodes , pupil dilation, headaches, hallucinations
if you are having these side effects after taking medication then contact your physician . he will change the antbiotic.but these side effects are rare. if even after changing antibiotic you are getting these , better to consult a psychiatrist.take care.
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Hi there, My nephew smoked cannabis at the age of 15 and went into psychosis and came out of it without medication and was perfectly fine for 3 years. Then when he reached the age of 18 he briefly experimented again with cannabis and the same symptoms happened, he came out of the psychosis again quite quickly without the aid of medication, he has promised never to do this again as he would like to train to become as an electrician, would this be wise for him to choose this career path? Kindest regards, Julia
Hi Julia,
Your nephew's problem is a common problem seen in teens betweene 15 to 20 years. During this period, these boys explore and land up in addictions. You should take help from a good clinical psychologist to resolve this problem. Choosing to train as an electrician will
not pose any...
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My mom has musclar degenertative (not spelled right). Lately she has been seeing things such as trees, people, etc. This has become very scary for her as she can hardly see anyway. She is not able to read and now is becoming where she can't see tv without seeing all these visions. She has been declared legally blind. She is 75 years of age. Can you tell me what is happening and why she is seeing things? Thanks, Deborah
Thanks for writing to us.
The hallucinations that she is having is not related to the muscular degeneration itself. It can be due to the side effects of the medications that she is taking, depression, dementia, etc.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you....
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Hi, I have a 75 year old father-n-law who is experiencing seeing people in his house that is not there. This morning he said that my mother-n-laws Indian statue collection was looking at him and laughing at him and he saw a rabbit or squirrel under a shirt on a foot stool. His only medication he takes is aricept and has been on this for year or so. Is this part of dementia?
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I have gone through your available history.

Visual hallucination and delusions are part of psychotic symptoms associated with dementia.

You should consult psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and management.

After confirming diagnosis and ruling out other...
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My son (29) has been seeing a psychologist for four years for anxiety. He has been prescribed Klonopin. Recently (past year to 6 months) he's become more paranoid with odd things (drones tracking him, etc.) In the past month this has gotten worse and he's quit taking his meds as well as missed his last two months appointments. He feels the meds are part of consiracy, too. Bizzare behavior has increased (climbing on roof to look for drones, thinking neighbors are NSA, counterfiet money). He's lived in our house alone this winter (we have a second house) and I returned because of this. I fnally got him to the hospital, where they talked to him and said he needed to take his presribed meds. He agreed and he was discards. Now he won't take the meds., wouldn't go see the pschologist today, and said he can tell I'm lying through his "eye" that sees everything. He won't even eat food I make, thinking it might have drugs in it. He was tested for illegal drugs and had none in his system at the hospital. So, suggestions? See if he'll go see someone else? Continue to try to get him to take the meds? Wait until another shoe drops and I can get him into the hospital? I had to call 911 and have the police meet me in the parking lot of the hospital. It took a lot of convincing. He won't do that again. Does this just continue to get worse? Or will it clear up eventually? He hadn't been eating or sleeping before I got home. He's a little better now about eating and sleeping, but still displays odd behavior.
Paranoid symptoms such as those you have described - drones tracking him/ attacking him - are symptoms of psychosis. Klonopin (clonzepam) ay have been prescribed to reduce his anxiety and to help him get sleep, but the doctor would have prescribed an anti-psychotic medication (haloperidol,...
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