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Psychosis: Symptoms and Causes of Psychosis


According to Coleman, it is a severe personality disorder involving loss of contact with reality and usually characterized by delusion and hallucinations. It causes impairment in social, interpersonal, and occupational functioning and impairs judgment.

Symptoms of Psychosis

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Thought disorder
  • Inconsistency of ideas
  • Lack of society and group interaction
  • Lack of self-respect and self-management
  • Illogical communication
  • Disorientation

Causes of Psychosis

  • Weakness of defense mechanisms
  • Threat to self-security
  • Sudden realization of unconscious guilt
  • Unexpected loss of source of gratification
  • Drug abuse amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol and …

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Psychosis: Treatment of Psychosis and Neurosis Versus Psychosis


Treatment of Psychosis

  • Psychosurgery
  • Shock therapy
  • Insulin therapy
  • Sleep therapy
  • Use of drugs

Neurosis Versus Psychosis

  • Depressive neurosis is mild but psychotic neurosis is acute
  • In depressive neurosis patients shoulder life responsibility whereas psychotic patients do not shoulder life responsibility
  • In depressive neurosis, regression is not as deep as in psychosis.
  • Unlike psychosis, depressive neurosis patients do not suffer from hallucinations and delusions.
  • Unlike psychosis neurosis does not prevent rational thought or daily functioning
  • Symptoms of psychosis are abnormal like hallucinations. But symptoms of neurosis are otherwise normal reactions, abnormal in intensity (e. g. anxiety)
  • Lack of insight happens in psyc…

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