Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: Psychosis Fades Away As People Take Meds

#Psychosis is the loss of contact with reality and includes delusions and auditory and/or visual hallucinations

#Medications aid in the symptoms of psychosis but it doesn’t always make them go away

#People with psychosis have said that even with medications auditory hallucinations are still present, just less compounding

#Psychosis can be frightening to those who experience it

#Psychotic people cannot control the hallucinations that come with being ill. The symptoms can arise at any time, in any place

#Loved ones should ask direct questions about the hallucinations, e.g. “are the voices telling you to hurt yourself or others?”

#If a person with psychosis lives in a home with sharp objects or weapons and has a history of bizarre or frightening behavior, those objects should be removed immediately

#Only 2% of the population that suffers from psychosis are actually dangerous to society. Most people with psychosis don’t hurt themselves or others

#If someone with psychosis is reporting that the hallucinations are telling them to hurt themselves or others, call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room



Asha, Licensed Mental Health Specialist

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