Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality. People with psychosis typically develop delusions and hallucinations when in a psychotic state. There are many different causes that may trigger psychosis, including certain psychiatric disorders, drugs or alcohol, brain tumors, dementia, infections that affect the brain, and certain prescription medications.
Symptoms that may indicate a person is suffering from psychosis include:
- Disorganized thoughts and speech
- Particularly unfounded fears and paranoia
- False beliefs
- Seeing or hearing things that aren't there
Before determining the appropriate treatment, caregivers must understand what is causing the psychotic episode. Psychiatric evaluations, blood tests, drug screenings, or even MRIs may help determine the cause of the psychotic behaviors. Once the cause of psychosis has been discovered, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.
Most psychotic patients will need to be hospitalized to prevent harm to themselves and to others. Antipsychotic drugs are helpful in managing the symptoms of psychosis, regardless of the underlying cause. If the cause of the psychosis is reversible, psychotic patients stand a good chance at recovery. If, however, the cause of the psychosis is a psychiatric condition like schizophrenia, life-long care or treatment may be required.
If you or a loved one is suffering from psychosis as a result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Arnold & Itkin at (888) 493-1629 today for a free, confidential consultation.