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Causes of psychosis

The main categories of causes of psychosis are:

  • Mental illness: Psychosis can be caused by a mental illness, such as schizophreniabipolar disorder, or severe depression.
  • Genetics: People with a family history of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia have a slightly increased chance of developing psychosis. There is no single gene that causes psychosis, but a number of different genes may increase the likelihood of developing it.
  • Recreational drugs: Psychosis can be triggered by the use of drugs, including cannabis, amphetamines (including speed and ice), LSD (acid), magic mushrooms, ketamineecstasyand cocaine.

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The known risks of untreated psychosis can include:

The duration of untreated psychosis, or DUP, is a significant factor in the prognosis for a psychotic disorder or related condition. The more time passes between the first psychosis symptoms and adequate treatment, the poorer the prognosis. Evidence suggests that early treatment—and a shorter DUP—promotes better symptom improvement and overall functioning in everyday life.

There is yet inadequate proof to say conclusively that psychosis causes permanent brain damage. But researchers are still pursuing a better understanding of the neurological impact of psychotic episodes. And, regardless of the cause-and-effect realities involved, immediate clinical attention for symptoms of psychosis is widely recommended.

The known risks of untreated psychosis can include:

  • Difficulties with work or school performance
  • Possible job loss
  • Financial issues
  • Legal issues
  • Hospitalization
  • Substance abuse—possibly as a form of self-medication
  • Isolation
  • Possible homelessness
  • Relationship problems and losses
  • Worsening symptoms of co-occurring disorders
  • Worsening symptoms of medical disorders
  • Possible self-harm or even suicide

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Experiencing symptoms of psychosis.

There’s no test to positively diagnose psychosis. However, your GP will ask about your symptoms and possible causes.

For example, they may ask you:

  • whether you’re taking any medication
  • whether you’ve been taking illegal substances
  • how your moods have been – for example, whether you’ve been depressed
  • how you’ve been functioning day-to-day – for example, whether you’re still working
  • whether you have a family history of mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia
  • about the details of your hallucinations, such as whether you’ve heard voices
  • about the details of your delusions, such as whether you feel people are controlling you
  • about any other symptoms you have

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Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. This might involve hallucinations or delusions.

The two main symptoms of psychosis are:

  • hallucinations – where a person hears, sees and, in some cases, feels, smells or tastes things that aren’t there; a common hallucination is hearing voices
  • delusions – where a person believes things that, when examined rationally, are obviously untrue – for example, thinking your next door neighbour is planning to kill you

The combination of hallucinations and delusional thinking can often severely disrupt perception, thinking, emotion, and behaviour.

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Understanding Psychotic Breaks

When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.

Carlos Larrauri, for example, describes his experience with psychosis as more of a gradual decline, as opposed to a “break” occurring during a single event. His behavior deteriorated for a year, though he recalls warning signs as early as two to three years prior. He was in his first year of college when he noticed changes in his mental health: “I couldn’t do routine assignments,” Larrauri noted. “I stayed up all night talking to myself and had trouble concentrating.” His behavior worsened as he isolated himself, stopped showering, ate out of trashcans and picked cigarettes up off the floor. Continue reading “Understanding Psychotic Breaks”

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BBC Radio 4 – When Parents Split 1.30pm today live

Philippa Perry explores the increasingly recognised phenomenon of Parental Alienation, the psychological manipulation of children during divorce.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00051dz

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How do psychopaths and sociopaths make people break down emotionally?

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How To Tell If Someone Is Trying To Manipulate You

Push and Pull — The toxic person pushes against limits you’ve set, just to see what your reaction will be. Then they get you to forgive them with gifts, promises or other sweet talk. Once they’ve pulled you back to them, they push again to extend the new boundary even further, slowly taking away your self-respect and control.

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10 Scary Ways Toxic People Try to Destroy You | Inc.com

Push and Pull — The toxic person pushes against limits you’ve set, just to see what your reaction will be. Then they get you to forgive them with gifts, promises or other sweet talk. Once they’ve pulled you back to them, they push again to extend the new boundary even further, slowly taking away your self-respect and control.

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5 Signs Someone Is Trying To Mentally Manipulate You

The problem begins when someone is always focused on their agenda without regard to the other people around them. They learn how to “trick” someone into believing that what they are doing is for them when only it benefits the trickster – otherwise known as a manipulator.

THEY USE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE METHODS TO UNDERMINE US.

Master manipulators do not want to be seen in a bad light, so they avoid being direct and honest. Instead, they will have others do their dirty work so they can avoid the “bad guy” syndrome. They talk behind our backs, rally the support of our closest friends, and mount a campaign to prove they are right, and we’re wrong. They are verbally supportive but act in very unsupportive ways.

3. THEY SUCK THE ENERGY OUT OF US AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM.

Manipulators carry a dark cloud around with them, and when they enter a room, they make a point of making sure everyone notices. Instead of working the room in a normal fashion, they are looking for everyone to display sympathy and work to make them “feel better.” They want to be the “cause” because it is more likely to get them what they want.

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