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Psychosis


Saying that psychosis makes you lose touch with reality doesn't begin to illustrate the severe symptoms you experience or their impact on your life. Despite the challenge of psychosis, you can overcome it with the support of Mark Chaney, LPC. Mark offers the comprehensive care needed to effectively treat psychosis, including intensive therapy, antipsychotic medications, and coordinated care with a team of supportive professionals. Call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or use the online booking feature today to schedule a telemedicine appointment.

Psychosis Q & A

What is psychosis?

Psychosis occurs when your mind veers from reality, and you no longer know the difference between real life and delusions or hallucinations.

You can develop psychosis without having an underlying condition. For example, extreme trauma can cause a brief psychotic episode.

However, psychosis most often begins when you have one of the following:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Delusional disorder
  • Major depression with psychosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Severe sleep deprivation

Some medications can also cause psychosis.

How is psychosis associated with schizophrenia?

The conditions listed above (except for schizophrenia) cause many symptoms, and psychosis happens to be one of them. By comparison, psychosis is the primary symptom of schizophrenia.

People with schizophrenia go through periods of active disease that alternate with periods of remission. During a schizophrenic episode, you have a psychotic break and lose touch with reality.

Does psychosis have warning signs?

In many cases, gradual changes in behavior occur before a psychotic episode. Behavioral warning signs include:

  • Declining job performance or falling grades at school
  • Being unable to think clearly
  • Having suspicious or paranoid ideas about others
  • Withdrawing from friends and family 
  • Struggling to tell reality from fantasy
  • Difficulty speaking or communicating
  • Experiencing new intense feelings
  • Losing all feeling

If you get help as soon as you notice the warning signs, treatment may slow down or possibly stop the pending psychosis.

What symptoms develop due to psychosis?

When you lose touch with reality — a psychotic episode — you perceive things differently. As a result, you can't determine what is real and have difficulty functioning in your daily life.

Psychosis causes symptoms such as:

  • Delusions (ideas or beliefs that aren't grounded in reality)
  • Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, or tasting things that aren't there)
  • Incoherent speech (difficulty speaking, using nonsense words, repeating words)
  • Catatonic behavior (becoming unresponsive, not communicating, or in a stupor)
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Sleeping problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Disorganized behavior

Disorganized behavior means you may talk to yourself, responding to your own internal thoughts or feelings. You could also perform repetitive, purposeless movements such as walking in circles.

How is psychosis treated?

People with psychosis often benefit from a team approach that includes health professionals with different areas of expertise. For example, you may need a case manager or a specialist in supported employment or education.

In addition to coordinating your care with other team members, Mark provides a personalized treatment plan that includes psychotherapy and antipsychotic medications. Treatment at any time can help you overcome psychosis, but you may get faster results by seeking therapy right after the psychotic episode.

If you need expert care for psychosis, call Mark Chaney, LPC, or book an appointment online today.

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