Psychotic disorders are classified as disorders involving a detachment from reality. Sufferers might experience auditory or visual hallucinations, delusions, or persistent thoughts and paranoia. Sometimes psychosis, an acute break from reality, can be caused by brain injuries, viruses, a period of unusually intense stress, or drug use. In the absence of such underlying causes, the occurrence of a psychotic episode could be attributed to a psychotic disorder.
Psychotic Disorder Statistics
It is difficult to know how many Americans suffer from psychotic disorders, though studies show that 1 in 3 people out of 100 will experience an acute psychotic episode at least once in their lives. Most psychotic disorders emerge in early adulthood, with 24 being the average age for the onset of schizophrenia. Because so many of these disorders go unreported and untreated, it is important to know the early signs and symptoms to watch for.
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Symptoms of Psychotic Disorders
Impulse control disorders involve engaging in maladaptive behaviors despite the negative consequences they might cause in the person’s life. Early symptoms include:
- Detachment from Reality
- Decline in Grades or Work Performance
- Inability to Concentrate
- Social Withdrawal
- Decline in Personal Hygiene
- Difficulty Communicating
- Disorganized Thoughts and Speech
- New and Unusual Beliefs
- Heightened Suspicion and Paranoia
- Trouble Distinguishing Fantasy from Reality
Left untreated, psychotic disorders can worsen to the point that the sufferer sees and hears things that nobody else can. Their delusions can intensify until the person can no longer function in society. In a worst-case scenario, the person might feel compelled to harm themselves or others. We urge you to contact Advanced Psychiatry DFW before the situation progresses to this point.
Types of Psychotic Disorders
Our licensed psychiatric nurse practitioners treat all impulse control disorders, including:
- A severe psychiatric disorder that can involve hallucinations and delusions.
- Schizophreniform Disorder. Schizophrenic symptoms lasting less than 6 months.
- Schizoaffective Disorder. Schizophrenia and a mood disorder such as bipolar or borderline personality disorder.
- Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder. Caused by the use of, or withdrawal from, drugs.
- Delusional Disorder. The patient has powerful delusions lasting longer than 1 month.
- Brief Psychotic Disorder. A short psychotic break in response to a stressful situation.
These are by no means all of the recognized psychotic disorders, and our understanding of these conditions is constantly evolving. If you suffer from symptoms not listed here, please call Advanced Psychiatry DFW to schedule an evaluation.
Treatments for Psychotic Disorders
Some conditions, like schizophrenia, have no cure. However, there are medications and therapies to bring them under control. Our nurse practitioners will make sure you understand all of the available medications and their potential side effects so that you can make an informed decision. They are also happy to recommend therapists who specialize in the treatment of psychotic disorders.
Inpatient care is typically required during times of acute psychosis, when the patient could be a danger to themselves or others, or when they are incapable of taking care of themselves. If this becomes a necessity, our team will guide you and your family through the process with compassion and dignity.
Our Psychotic Disorder Treatment Plans
Advanced Psychiatry DFW tailors each treatment plan to the individual, taking into account the severity of their symptoms, their medical history, and their tolerance to specific medications. Our goal is to come up with a plan that our patients can comfortably follow and monitor their progress over the course of their follow-up exams. We take patient feedback very seriously and encourage questions and collaboration.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of a psychotic disorder, please call us or schedule an appointment online. Advanced Psychiatry will lead you to a brighter tomorrow.
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