What is psychosis?
Psychosis is a symptom of psychiatric illness; it is not the name of a mental disorder. Psychosis means experiencing things and believing in them when they are not real; in other words, losing touch with reality. Psychosis is the presenting symptom of many psychiatric illnesses
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Major depressive disorder with psychotic features
- Postnatal psychosis
- Substance induced psychosis (alcohol, some prescription medications and certain drugs)
- Some personality disorders.
Causes of Psychosis
The major psychotic illnesses show positive family history.
Dopamine levels are changed for people with psychosis (Dopamine is a chemical messenger that signals the brain and other parts of the body.)
Patients with psychosis have high dopamine levels that affect their memory, emotions etc. It leads to delusions and hallucinations.
Signs and symptoms of psychosis
- Hallucinations – hearing, seeing or feeling things that do not exist
- Delusions – false beliefs that are not real.
- Disorganized thoughts, speech or behavior.
- Disordered thinking like jumping between topics, making strange connections between thoughts.
- Feelings of suspicion
- Depression and suicidal feelings
- Obsessive thinking
- Sleep problems.
Diagnosis And Treatment At Tulasi Home
Tulasi Home is a leading psychosis treatment centre in Delhi. We have a team of professionally trained doctors, psychologists, counselors and paramedical staff. Patients are treated with love and affection by our psychiatrists so they are able to overcome their illness at the earliest.
We have been researching in this field for years and have observed that early diagnosis and treatment can provide good outcomes. And our team of top psychiatrists is competent in doing so.
Psychosis is primarily diagnosed by clinical examination and patient’s history; psychiatrist examines the patient and asks a few questions related to his/her thoughts and daily activities. We ask questions about family history to know if there is any family history of psychiatric illness and substance abuse like alcohol, marijuana.
The final diagnosis of a psychotic disorder is reached once psychosis is confirmed and other causes are ruled out.
Treatment and prevention
Treatment with drugs known as antipsychotics is the mainstay of therapy for people with a psychotic illness. Our psychiatrist prescribes the best suitable antipsychotic medicines after evaluating the symptoms, signs and causative factors.
Counselling and cognitive behaviour therapies are essential part of our treatment. Psychosocial Rehabilitation at Tulasi Home aims at integrating these patients back into the society. Art therapy, Music therapy, Yoga, Meditation are essential parts of our rehabilitation program. Each patient is treated with respect and dignity so as to restore their self-esteem. Get in touch with Tulasi Home’s experienced psychiatrists if you notice any symptoms of psychosis.