10 Psychosis Symptoms

By priscilla
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Psychosis is a disconnection from reality. It’s a malfunction in the way the brain interprets reality. A person who has psychosis will often see, hear, taste, feel, and smell things that exist only in their mind. Broadly speaking, psychosis may itself be a symptom of an underlying psychological disorder, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Psychosis may also be present in people who experience depressive episodes or those who have postpartum depression. Here are 10 symptoms to pay attention to that may indicate a person is suffering from psychosis.

1. Depressed Mood or Depression

A depressed mood or clinical depression can both be signs of psychosis. While they may sound the same, there’s an important distinction between major depression and a depressed mood. Also referred to as situational depression, a depressed mood involves temporary feelings of sadness, loneliness and lethargy.3‘Symptoms.’ web.stanford.edu/group/mood/Pages/AboutSymptoms.html.

Depression, also known as clinical depression, major depression or major depressive disorder, refers to a serious medical condition. While a depressed mood can be easily alleviated by common mood-boosting activities, like taking a walk, talking to a friend or listening to uplifting content, major depression requires medical treatment with prescription drugs and psychotherapy.


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