True psychosis usually involves severe symptoms such as delusions and/or paranoia.
The common belief that anyone who goes crazy or is aggressive must be psychotic
is not strictly correct in medical terminology.
Psychotic disorders focus mainly on the symptoms where the person is detached from reality,
and the main such symptoms are delusions and paranoia.
Psychosis: A person who is psychotic is out of touch with reality. People with psychosis may hear "voices" or have strange and illogical ideas (for example, thinking that others can hear their thoughts, or are trying to harm them, or that they are the President of the United States or some other famous person). They may get excited or angry for no apparent reason, or spend a lot of time by themselves, or in bed, sleeping during the day and staying awake at night. The person may neglect appearance, not bathing or changing clothes, and may be hard to talk to--barely talking or saying things that make no sense. They often are initially unaware that their condition is an illness.1
Researching symptoms of Psychosis: Further information about the symptoms of Psychosis is available including a list of symptoms of Psychosis, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Treatments for Psychosis: Various information is available about treatments available for Psychosis, or research treatments for other diseases.
1. excerpt from Medications: NIMH
Last revision: June 12, 2003
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