What Is Psychosis

Psychosis preferably means abnormal state of mind, which has vast connotation because it can mean anything from relatively abnormal experiences through catatonic or florid expressions of bipolar type one disorder and schizophrenia. Psychiatrist often describes it as a phase of mind when it stays far away from the world of reality. There are few professionals who say that the term psychosis is not enough to describe this state of mind as there is several illness, that has grouped under this term but often execute different symptoms. However, here we will discuss the term in general and other related facts about psychosis.

The disease psychosis has different episodes, but most of the episodes site these common characteristics. These following symptoms characterize an episode of psychosis.   

  • A trigger or something that a psychosis affected  person perceives as demanding
  • This type of patient experiences a drastic change on their thought process. Before the episodes begin the thinking process remains normal, however when a person is affected the episodes grow quickly and they have a tendency to narrow off gradually.
  • The person gets vulnerable to an underlying chemical disparity.
  • A psychosis patient will surely have a history.
  • Pain is an integral part of all psychosis episodes.

First episode of psychosis:
First –episode of psychosis actually means the first period when a person experience the symptoms. A person who is facing the symptoms for the first time often can’t understand what is actually happening with him or her. The symptoms are quite frightening and unfamiliar that creates confusion and leaves the person distressed. If the affected person is not aware of what is happening and have no real understanding of what mental illness is, their anguish will surely increase by stereotypes and negative myths. Psychotic episodes take place in 3 phases and the length of the phrases varies form one person to another.                    

The 3 phases of psychosis are:

  • Prodome: the initial signs of this mental illness are often unclear and rarely noticeable. Different patients describe the feelings of this phase in different ways.
  • Acute: In this phase, the symptoms become clearly noticeable.
  • Recovery: Psychosis is a treatable mental illness and the chances of complete recovery vary from one to another. However, if a patient can opt for the specialist on right time, he or she can get rid of this mental state totally.

Treatment to a mental typical mental disease like psychosis depends on its cause. It is imperative to take the patient to hospital in early stages for their safety. Control behavior and thinking, delusions and antipsychotic drugs prove beneficial for these types of patients. Along with these treatments, individual and group therapies also prove beneficial.