When it comes to mental health, there are many terms that are not commonly used. Many people are confused by the vocabulary thrown around in clinical circles, leading to confusion and stigma. One such term that is often misunderstood is psychosis. Due to misrepresentation, many people have come to view psychosis with negative undertones. However, there is much more to psychosis than most people think, and understanding it is the first step to facilitating empathy and support for those struggling.

What Is Psychosis?

When a person has a condition that affects their mind in a way that causes them to lose contact with reality, it is called psychosis. Individuals often struggle from sustained periods of psychosis, known as psychotic episodes. During these episodes, individuals often have a difficult time telling reality apart from delusion. They may begin having hallucinations and delusions as well as inappropriate behavior. Some individuals also struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and social isolation during psychotic episodes.

Psychosis and Mental Health

Psychosis is not a condition on its own but instead a symptom of other conditions. Various mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, can cause psychosis alongside other symptoms. For example, a person with bipolar disorder may experience psychosis during a manic episode. This can cause them to lack self-awareness and become disjointed from reality. Therefore, proper treatment is needed to address the underlying disorder to manage psychotic symptoms so the individual may live a productive and emotionally comfortable life.

Treating Psychosis

Because there are underlying causes for psychosis, treating the symptom involves addressing the patient’s underlying mental health conditions. Usually, antipsychotic medications are the first line of treatment for psychosis. However, other forms of therapy may help the patient recover. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used in cases where bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are present. Therefore, it is an excellent option for a person that is experiencing psychosis to find healing.

Psychosis is an often misunderstood aspect of mental health that deserves more recognition and education. Individuals that struggle with psychosis are typically associated with negativity and violence despite others knowing very little about it. At Alta Loma Transformational Services, we provide men with treatment for substance use and mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, that involve psychosis. Our comprehensive and individualized care sets our residents up for success in recovery. By addressing the underlying issues, we know recovery is possible. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.