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Psychosis

Psychosis is a condition that involves experiencing certain unusual things. These typically fall into two categories:

Hallucinations: This includes perceiving things that aren’t there, like hearing voices, feeling strange sensations, or seeing things that aren’t real.

Delusions: This involves holding strong beliefs that might seem odd to others, like thinking external forces control your thoughts, believing insignificant things are hugely important, or feeling superhuman.

Understanding the Causes of Psychosis
The causes of psychosis are still under study, but some factors seem to play a role:

  • Genetics: Some genes are associated with psychosis, but having these genes doesn’t guarantee you’ll experience it.
  • Trauma: Traumatic events like death, war, or sexual assault can trigger psychosis, with the type of trauma and age playing a role.
  • Substance Use: Using drugs like marijuana, LSD, or amphetamines can increase the risk of psychosis, especially if you’re predisposed.
  • Physical Illness or Injury: Conditions like brain injuries, tumors, strokes, HIV, or certain neurological diseases can sometimes lead to psychosis.
  • Mental Health Conditions: Psychosis can also be a symptom of conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression.

Ways to Diagnose
A diagnosis involves identifying an illness, and it’s based on medical and family history, physical exams, and ruling out other causes. Early diagnosis is crucial, especially when the cause is a mental health condition.

Ways to Treat Psychosis
For early or first-episode psychosis, a treatment called Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) has shown great success. It involves a team of professionals creating a personalized treatment plan, including case management, family support, therapy, medication management, and more. Early intervention offers the best chances of recovery.

Traditional treatments for psychosis involve psychotherapy and medication. Different types of therapy can help individuals manage their condition, while medications target symptoms.

Psychosis can be linked to other mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.”