Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. People with psychoses often lose touch with reality. Two of the main symptoms are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there.
Schizophrenia is one type of psychotic disorder. People with bipolar disorder may also have psychotic symptoms. Other problems that can cause psychosis include alcohol and some drugs, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke. There are several instances where a person will experience a temporary drug induced psychosis. These people will have all the symptoms and traits of psychosis, but the symptoms will dissipate in a few hours, and they may return to their “normal” selves when they sober up. However long-term drug use can lead to permanent psychosis.
Treatment depends on the cause of the psychosis. It might involve drugs to control symptoms and talk therapy. Hospitalization is an option for serious cases where a person might be dangerous to himself or others.
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