What It’s Like
You can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. Also, your speech might be unclear and your behavior disorganized.
There are often warning signs leading up to psychosis. You may start to act differently. Your work or school performance could start to slip.
You might also feel paranoid, avoid others, have trouble expressing ideas, or slack off in your personal hygiene.
Traumatic events, like the death of a loved one or a sexual assault, can lead to psychosis in people who are vulnerable to it. So can traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
You can see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or a social worker if you think you’ve had psychosis.
They’ll find out what might have caused it and uncover any related conditions. Doctors usually diagnose mental illnesses by ruling out other things that could be causing psychotic symptoms.
It’s important to get treated early, after the first episode of psychosis. That will help keep the symptoms from affecting your relationships, work, or school. It may also help you avoid more problems down the road.
Counseling can help manage psychosis.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you recognize when you have psychotic episodes. It also helps you know whether what you see and hear is real or imagined. This kind of therapy also stresses the importance of antipsychotic medications and sticking with your treatment.
Supportive psychotherapy helps you learn to live with psychosis. It reinforces healthy ways of thinking.
Cognitive enhancement therapy uses computer exercises and group work.
Family psychoeducation and support involves your loved ones. It helps you bond and improves the way you solve problems together.