Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false ideas about what is taking place or who one is (delusion) and having a sensory experience that no one else experiences (hallucination).
Causes of Psychosis
Psychosis is a serious mental condition and there are many conditions that cause psychosis. Some of the more common causes of psychosis are:
- Alcohol and certain drugs
- Brain tumors
- Bipolar Disorder
- Psychotic Depression
Symptoms of Psychosis
Medical and psychological assessments are necessary to diagnose a condition with psychotic symptoms. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the psychotic symptoms.
Other important symptoms that can accompany psychosis are the following:
- Abnormal display of emotion
- Depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts
- Extreme excitement (mania)
- False beliefs (delusions)
- Loss of touch with reality
- Mistaken perceptions
- Seeing, hearing, feeling or perceiving things that are not there (hallucinations)
- Unfounded fear or suspicion
The symptoms of psychosis indicate a person has a serious medical condition and warrant urgent medical treatment. In some conditions, the development of psychotic symptoms are the beginning of a life-threatening condition, and obtaining medical treatment is essential.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive medical and psychological assessment and treatment of medical and psychiatric disorders that feature psychosis as a significant symptom.
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For more information about our program and the services we offer, please contact us at one of the following numbers:
Inpatient Hospitalization: (510) 204-4405
Partial Hospitalization Program: (510) 204-4569
Alta Bates Summit Emergency Department: (510) 204-2500
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