A complete guide of psychosis disorder

Definition: Psychosis is a condition of the mind in which it loses contact with reality. Delusional thinking and hallucinations are among the first symptoms of this mental disorder. Other changes include changes in sleep cycles, behavior, mood, and the ability to think.

Who is prone to psychosis?

Psychosis is a mental disorder that often turns into a bigger disease. However, psychosis can occur in anyone. In fact, as much as 3% of people are affected by psychosis sooner or later. The most common age group affected by it is that of people who are 13 to 34 years old. Gender has nothing to do with the rate at which psychosis occurs in individuals.

However, drug use is a big trigger that amplifies the possibility of exhibiting this disorder.

The early indicators of psychosis

  • Even though the symptoms of psychosis are never going to be exactly similar in two people, the general indicators develop in all patients over different periods of time.
  • Speech patterns change significantly when someone undergoes psychosis. Perception of reality no longer remains intact and thinking abilities worsen over time.
  • Social withdrawal is heavily associated with people suffering from psychosis. Subsequently, abnormal behaviors that stem from isolation also begin to form in people exhibiting early symptoms of psychosis.
  • The inability to express emotions clearly and odd emotional responses are common traits of people affected by psychosis.

Similar changes in behavior and the psychology of the affected individual cement themselves as a result of extended exposure to the above-mentioned mental condition.

Is it treatable?

Psychosis is a mental condition that can be treated with the appropriate intervention of qualified medical personnel. Early detection and early treatment of psyschosis exhibit better chances of a quick recovery.

Typically, psychosis becomes far more difficult to treat after a time span of 5 years since its onset.

Why is early intervention important?

  • Psychosis is a disorder of the mind that directly impact the personal relationships of the affected individual. Prolonged psychosis can lead to emotional conflicts that can be difficult to resolve in the future. Moreover, a person might lose all sense of maintaining a personal relationship along the way due to the constant withdrawal from reality.
  • Isolation from the society is a problem that stems directly from psychosis. The loss of ability to exist along with other people has serious implication on the life of the victim.
  • People suffering from psychosis are prone to harming other or even themselves. Early intervention and treatment protect the affected individuals from the looming threat of committing suicide.
  • In case of a teenager suffering from psychosis, the mental illness can directly impact his/her career as it will be disruptive to the life-building years of the individual in consideration.

How to reach out to early psychosis intervention programs?

EPI treatments typically work with a clinical approach that includes the aid of psychiatrists and group therapists. Before even beginning to work on the mental aspect of the problem, EPI programs will begin by assessing the physical problems of the individual undergoing treatment. Based on the specific analysis of the patient, a treatment plan is subsequently devised.

An EPI program is available in almost every province of Canada. ‘Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION)’, ‘Early Psychosis Intervention Program (MOD) and Canadian Consortium for Early Prevention of Psychosis are some of the resources available to concerned individuals.

In the case of an emergency, a simple phone call to the correct entity can garner the needed help.

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How to help a loved one look past psychosis?

Mental disorders do that to the mind what a fracture does to a bone. People suffering from an illness that affects the mind go through an inner struggle every single day. Furthermore, the people who love them struggle too because they have to watch them suffer.

Psychosis is one such disorder that makes a huge impact on the person suffering from it as well as the people close to them.

Being an illness that is associated with losing contact with reality.

Psychosis cripples the mind in a way that has severe implications on the life of the affected person. Cognitive, behavioral, and psychological symptoms are merely the tip of the iceberg.

Nonetheless, the most important thing to remember for people suffering from psychosis as well as for their loved ones is that it is a disorder that is treatable. Despite being a long bumpy road, recovery exists in the case of psychosis. The road to recovery begins with Early Psychosis Intervention programs that functional actively throughout the ‘Great White North.’

For example, some of the resources in the arsenal of people living in British Columbia are ‘BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services,’ ‘British Columbia Schizophrenia Society,’ ‘Canadian Mental Health Association, British Columbia,’ and ‘Crisis Line Association of BC.’

Moreover, as with every problem in life, a helping hand is never a bad thing to have. It’s only a little that we can do on our own – together we can do so much!

The top three things to do

On that note, here are three basic ways in which you can help someone suffering from psychosis.

  • Never patronize them: If you keep feeling sorry for your friend who has been diagnosed with psychosis, that is the thinking you’re promoting in them. Nothing feels worse than being pitied when a person undergoes a mental disorder. Therefore, instead of patronizing a person suffering from psychosis, encourage them!
  • Help them keep a check on their physical health: Mental disorders take as much of a toll on the body as they take on the mind. In a state of helplessness, people often forget taking care of themselves. Furthermore, victims of an illness that endorses delusional thinking as one of its symptoms, adopting a notion that their health doesn’t matter is a possibility. Instead of giving them chocolates with ‘get well soon’ notes, cook a healthy meal for them or make them a fruit salad.
  • Understand their illness: If a member of your household is a patient suffering from psychosis, make it certain that you thoroughly educate yourself about what the disease is. Talk to the doctor, read about it online, seek people who have recovered and do everything in your power than you can.

The most important thing to remember for people suffering from psychosis as well as for their loved ones is that it is a disorder that is treatable. Despite being a long bumpy road, recovery exists in the case of psychosis.

Moreover, if early psychosis intervention programs haven’t been your initial response to psychosis, it is time to change that.

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Psychosis: Understanding what it is

“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.”

Guy de Maupassant

In a world where people don’t quite understand the thin line between being insane and being mentally ill, the word ‘psychosis’ paints a bleak reality for the one suffering through it.

In simple terms, psychosis is a phenomenon that that takes the roots of the mind away from reality. People exhibiting psychosis lose track of what’s real and what’s not.

How can you tell if someone has psychosis?

The human is a fragile thing. On top of that, it is complex as well. The diagnosis of mental disorders is not as clear as that of the common cold. Psychosis, particularly, is not an easy disorder to detect. The reason behind the difficulty in diagnosing psychosis is that every individual experiences it differently.

However, there are common symptoms that help you identify someone with the disorder. Here is a look at what you need to look for.

  • Delusional Thinking: A person suffering from psychosis often develops strange notions that emphasized things that are not true. Delusional thinking even transcends to having hallucinations in most cases.
  • Incoherent Speech Patterns: Psychosis fundamentally changes the way a person conceives things. That is often visible through rapid changes in speech patterns. The deviation from normal can either be in the form of lack of wordiness, or in the excess of it. Yet again, it varies from person to person. The key takeaway is that speech patterns tend to change.
  • Excessive Moodiness: Anger is the most visible emotion exhibited by people suffering from psychosis. Other than that, loneliness, nervousness, and a limited range of emotions can take over the affected individual.
  • Deteriorating Cognitive Function: A person suffering from psychosis might associate events of little significance with greater meaning than they actually have. Memory loss is a common occurrence as well. The ability to think and understand things greatly reduces.
  • Manic Episodes: Paranoia can take over the mind of the individual going through psychosis. The said person is prone to manic episodes and chronic depression.

The symptoms are greatly varied for different people, but every victim of psychosis will drift apart from reality. His/her demeanor will exhibit steep changes.

How to seek help?

It’s important to detect psychosis early – the sooner you can treat it, the more effective it is likely to be. EPI programs or early psychosis intervention programs are within the reach of people seeking help all over Canada.

Some places contain EPI centers that are fully equipped to handle patients suffering from psychosis whereas other areas contain mental health facilities that can garner the needed resources.

Some of the EPI programs available in the country are provided by Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health, Island health, and Interior Health.

Concerned individuals can contact EPI programs by making a simple phone call. After a few basic questions, the entity being talked with arranges an appointment to further assess the problem.

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