Though it's easy to explain psychosis by saying you lose touch with reality, that doesn't begin to express its complex symptoms or the devastating impact on your health, wellness, and quality of life. Nwamaka Emeruem, DNP, APRN, MBA, FNP, PMHNP, and Ebere Ejike-Ilechukwu, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, at @Ease Psychiatry provide exceptional treatment for psychosis, offering intensive therapy, antipsychotic medications, family support, and coordinated care with community services. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Duncanville, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.
Psychosis occurs when you lose touch with reality. You may develop psychosis without an underlying condition. Experiencing extreme stress or trauma could trigger brief psychotic disorder, causing psychosis that lasts about a month and goes into remission.
However, most people develop psychosis as a result of medical and psychological conditions, including:
Some medications, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, may also cause psychosis.
While psychosis may appear as one of many symptoms in the conditions listed above, it’s the primary symptom of schizophrenia.
People with schizophrenia go through episodes of active disease followed by periods of remission with few symptoms. During active schizophrenic episodes, you have a psychotic break.
In many cases, changes in behavior occur before a psychotic episode. Behavioral warning signs include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, don't wait to schedule a consultation with the team at @Ease Psychiatry.
When you break from reality, called a psychotic episode, you have unusual thoughts and perceive things differently. As a result, you don't grasp what is or isn't real and can't function (or have difficulty functioning) in everyday life.
Psychosis causes symptoms such as:
Disorganized behavior refers to laughing or talking to yourself or responding to internal thoughts and feelings. You may engage in purposeless movements like pacing or walking in circles.
Psychosis is a complex mental health disorder that often needs a variety of treatments and can lead to hospitalization.
Your customized treatment focuses on your unique needs and typically includes cognitive behavioral therapy (or another type of psychotherapy) together with antipsychotic medications.
Your therapist may also recommend coaching to support your success at school or work, as well as family education or group therapy.
If you need comprehensive care for psychosis, call @Ease Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.