Psychosis

Psychosis

Our doctors can identify signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder and can treat primarily by prescribing medications. An ongoing therapy is recommended to make it more effective.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false beliefs about what is taking place and seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations).

CAUSES OF PSYCHOSIS:

  • Alcohol and certain illegal drugs, both during use and during withdrawal
  • Brain tumors or cysts
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and certain chromosomal disorders
  • HIV and other infections that affect the brain
  • Some prescription drugs, such as steroids and stimulants
  • Some types of epilepsy
  • Stroke

SYMPTOMS OF PSYCHOSIS:

  • Disorganized thought and speech
  • False beliefs that are not based in reality (delusions), especially unfounded fear or suspicion
  • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Thoughts that “jump” between unrelated topics (disordered thinking)