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  Psychosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Psychosis is considered by mainstream psychiatry to be a symptom of severe mental illness, but is not a diagnosis in itself.
Psychosis should also be distinguished from the state of delirium, in that a psychotic individual may be able to perform actions that require a high level of intellectual effort in clear consciousness.
Psychosis may be the result of an underlying mental illness such as bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) or schizophrenia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Psychosis   (3499 words)

Psychosis may also be triggered by an organic cause, termed a psychotic disorder due to a general medical condition.
Psychosis is also a known side effect of the use, abuse, and withdrawal from certain drugs.
Psychosis in schizophrenia and perhaps schizophreniform disorder appears to be related to abnormalities in the structure and chemistry of the brain, and appears to have strong genetic links; but its course and severity can be altered by social factors such as stress or a lack of support within the family.
www.themcfox.com /multiple-sclerosis/ms-symptoms/psychosis.htm   (633 words)

 Psychosis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Psychosis is usually considered by mainstream psychiatry to be a symptom of severe mental illness.
Psychosis is a descriptive term for a complex group of behaviours and experiences and as such is not a medical explanation in itself.
Psychosis has been of particular interest to critics of mainstream psychiatric practice who argue that it may simply be another way of constructing reality and is not necessarily a sign of illness.
www.centipedia.com /index.php?title=Psychosis&action=creativecommons   (2843 words)

 Dionicio Castellanos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Psychosis left WCW before the sale to the WWE owner and chairman Vince McMahon and was part of the short-lived Xtreme Wrestling Federation, wrestled in World Wrestling All-Stars and also for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Psychosis was also part of "La Familia" with Konnan, Juventud Guerrera, Halloween and Damien in Xtreme Pro Wrestling, an adaptation of the group in Mexico consisting of himself, Halloween, Damien 666 and Rey Misterio, Sr.
Psychosis had a dispute with TICKLE in Mexico which held the rights to his ring name, so he switched it to Nicho El Millonario and continued to work in Mexico, mostly in Tijuana with occasional dates in the United States and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dionicio_Castellanos   (1251 words)

 Psychosis | AHealthyMe.com
Psychosis is a symptom or feature of mental illness typically characterized by radical changes in personality, impaired functioning, and a distorted or non-existent sense of objective reality.
Psychosis may be caused by the interaction of biological and psychosocial factors depending on the disorder in which it presents; psychosis can also be caused by purely social factors, with no biological component.
Psychosis that is symptomatic of schizophrenia or another psychiatric disorder should be treated by a psychologist and/or psychiatrist.
www.ahealthyme.com /topic/psychosis;jsessionid=V4QDO24BAIJG0CTYAEPC4EQ?_requestid=107906   (1270 words)

 Psychosis, Mental Health Disorders, THE MERCK MANUAL OF HEALTH & AGING
Psychosis may be a temporary symptom of a physical or mental health disorder or the primary symptom of a chronic disorder (a psychotic disorder).
Psychosis is usually very distressing, both to the person who experiences it and to family and friends who witness the strange behaviors of their loved ones.
However, for people whose psychosis is part of dementia and for those whose psychosis is the primary symptom of a chronic disorder (a psychotic disorder), long-term treatment must usually include drug therapy and supportive care if it is to succeed in controlling symptoms and preventing relapses.
www.merck.com /pubs/mmanual_ha/sec3/ch32/ch32d.html   (1212 words)

 Frequently asked questions
The evidence suggests that common factors do not explain the conjoint occurence between cannabis use and psychosis, and it is unlikely that cannabis use causes psychosis among persons who would otherwise not have developed the disorder.
The evidence is more consistent with the hypotheses that cannabis use may precipitate psychosis among vulnerable individuals, increase the risk of relapse among those who have already developed the disorder, and may be more likely to lead to dependence in persons with schizophrenia.
Psychosis cases with a history of drug abuse were much more likely to have used cannabis compared with those without such history (88% vs 13%).
www.cannabis-med.org /english/faq/27-psychosis.htm   (807 words)

 eMedicine - Alcohol-Related Psychosis : Article by Michael Larson, DO
Alcohol-related psychosis is often an indication of chronic alcoholism; thus, it is associated with medical, neurological, and psychosocial complications.
Psychosis is not considered a symptom in uncomplicated alcohol withdrawal in patients who are not dependent on alcohol.
Alcohol-related psychosis itself does not have specific morbidity or mortality; instead, it correlates with a cluster of risk factors that indicate higher morbidity and mortality in patients with alcoholism.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic3113.htm   (5104 words)

 Psychosis in Hyperthyroidism
Psychosis refers to a serous mental disorder characterized by defective or lost contact with reality, often with hallucinations or delusions.
Toxic psychosis refers to a condition of affective psychosis simultaneously occurring in patients with newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism.
The onset of psychosis in these cases was associated with the sudden change from high to low thyroid hormone levels.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/graves_disease/107241   (474 words)

 Psychosis : Epilepsy.com/Professionals
The schizophrenia-like psychosis of epilepsy, which is believed to affect between 2% and 8% of patients with long-standing complex partial seizures, has been associated primarily with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE).
Psychosis may be the expression of adverse effects of AEDs.
The treatment approach to psychosis in epilepsy depends on the etiology of the symptoms and whether the psychosis is the sustained interictal type.
professionals.epilepsy.com /page/psysym_psychosis.html   (695 words)

Psychosis is an impaired ability to perceive reality (impaired reality testing), which may result in delusions and hallucinations, among other symptoms.
Their advent and application to the treatment of human psychosis has resulted in a major reduction in the number of patients held in psychiatric hospitals.
Confusion, psychosis, and affective disorders often occur with long-term treatment (one of the consequences of L-Dopa therapy is a transient increase in DA in other DA pathways such as the mesolimbic and mesocortical DA systems; this may result in some of the symptoms of schizophrenia).
www.namiscc.org /Research/2002/Psychosis.htm   (6103 words)

 What Is Psychosis ? - Totara House - Canterbury District Health Board
The word psychosis is used to describe a condition that affects the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality.
Psychosis is most likely to occur in young adults and is quite common.
When somebody presents with psychosis it is difficult to make a diagnosis or know for sure what is likely to happen in the future.
www.cdhb.govt.nz /totara/whatispy.htm   (970 words)

 Psychosis: Just the Facts
The word psychosis is used to describe conditions which affect the mind, where there is some loss of contact with reality.
When someone develops psychosis this may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, perhaps sending too much or too little chemical messages.
These are not causes of psychosis but it does seem that if you have a vulnerability then you may experience a psychotic episode.
www.mental-health-matters.com /articles/print.php?artID=702   (1299 words)

 Quetiapine Offers Promise for Difficult-to-Treat Psychosis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Psychosis is a common complication of PD, occurring in 40 to 60% of patients.
Typically the cause of psychosis was not differentiated as, regardless of the aetiology of psychosis in PD, management is the same.
In a smaller 12-month trial the improvement in psychosis in patients receiving quetiapine (25 to 800 mg/day) was not statistically significant (reduction in BPRS score of 19% from baseline).
users3.ev1.net /~drtony/PDpsych.htm   (2118 words)

Psychosis is a serious but treatable medical condition that reflects a disturbance in brain functioning.
Psychosis is a medical condition that affects the brain.
Psychosis is associated with a number of medical conditions including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder and substance abuse, among others.
www.cmha.ca /bins/content_page.asp?cid=3-105&lang=1   (744 words)

 Psychiatric Adverse Drug Reactions: Steroid Psychosis
The incidence of steroid psychosis varies widely in the literature ranging from 13 to 62%, with a weighted average of 27.6% for some steroid induced mental change, the vast majority of which are mild to moderate and do not herald the development of a full-blown psychosis or affective syndrome.
Several studies have shown that no relationship exists between the response to the first course of steroid treatment and response to a second course of drug, that is, the presence or absence of a psychiatric disturbance during the initial course of steroid treatment, does not predict response to a subsequent course of treatment.
Once a steroid psychosis is fully defined it is likely to present as a spectrum psychosis, with the most prominent symptoms consisting of profound distractibility, pressured speech, anxiety, emotional lability, severe insomnia, sensory flooding, depression, perplexity, auditory and visual hallucinations, agitation, intermittent memory impairment, mutism, delusions, disturbances of body image, apathy and hypomania.
www.drrichardhall.com /steroid.htm   (2167 words)

 Psychosis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Psychosis is a word describing a group of conditions that affect the way a person thinks, feels and understands.
Distressing perceptions such as hallucinations or delusions may be experienced by a person, and this may be accompanied by a reduced ability to cope with usual day to day activities and routine.
Psychosis can affect anyone including men and women from all walks of life – it is most likely to occur in young adults in their twenties.
www.normantang.net /psychosis.html   (293 words)

 Psychosis : Epilepsy.com
Psychosis (known to psychiatrists as psychotic disorder) is severe mental disorder in which the person loses contact with reality.
Some studies have found that postictal psychosis is much more common in people with independent seizure foci on both sides of their brain.
The use of an EEG is important in making the diagnosis, as ictal psychosis often involves unresponsiveness and automatic movements that also may occur in psychotic disorders that are not related to seizures.
www.epilepsy.com /epilepsy/mood_psychosis.html   (824 words)

Psychosis, in psychological language, is a condition in which a person isn't in contact with reality like most people.
Psychosis has been shown to respond well to treatments such as antipsychotic medication, and more recently Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy has been suggested as working well.
Some people who experience a psychosis may only experience it once throughout their whole life (this is called a 'single episode'), other people may have problems with it for the rest of their lives.
easyweb.easynet.co.uk /simplepsych/psychosis.html   (567 words)

 Youth and Psychosis
Psychosis is estimated to affect up to 3% of the population.
Psychosis is associated with a number of medical conditions including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar (manic depressive) disorder, and substance abuse, among others.
Psychosis is not the only explanation for a young person's 'odd' behaviours, but it's a serious possibility that must be considered.
www.cmha.ca /bins/content_page.asp?cid=3-105-106&lang=1   (910 words)

Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for mental states in which the components of rational thought and perception are severely impaired.
This is usually accompanied by features such as a lack of insight into the unusual or bizarre nature of their behavior, difficulties with social interaction and impairments in carrying out the activities of daily living.
For example, R. Laing argued that psychosis is a symbolic way of expressing concerns in situations where such views may be unwelcome or uncomfortable to the recipients.
www.mrsci.com /Psychosis/Psychosis.php   (3520 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Psychosis
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions (false ideas about what is taking place or who one is) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things which aren't there).
Psychosis is a severe mental condition characterized by a loss of contact with reality.
Psychological evaluation and testing are used to diagnosis the cause of the psychosis.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/001553.htm   (423 words)

 Lichtenstein Creative Media - The Infinite Mind:Psychosis
Fenton explains that psychosis is a symptom of more than 120 different conditions, including kidney disorders, substance abuse, reactions to prescription medication, hyperthyroidism, deafness, head injuries and Alzheimer's, as well as depression, manic depression and schizophrenia.
He says there is evidence that psychosis springs from a defect in the brain's filtering system, probably located in the thalamus, which distorts the mind's ability to determine whether information is coming from inside the body or from an outside source.
The new medications are helping millions of people recover from psychosis, Dr. Fenton says, people who perhaps spent 20 years in a psychiatric hospital hearing hallucinated voices, afraid to speak for fear of attack.
www.lcmedia.com /mind143.htm   (1235 words)

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