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Examining the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Psychosis

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An individual who is suffering from psychosis experiences a break with reality. Sometimes, psychosis may be short-lived or intermittent, or it may arise from a chronic mental health condition such as schizophrenia. Psychosis can be very confusing and perhaps even frightening to the patient. If you suspect your loved one has suffered a loss of contact with reality, it’s important to bring him or her to a community hospital right away. At the hospital, a behavioral health specialist can examine your loved one and recommend a treatment plan.

Possible Risk Factors

Researchers in mental health units at community hospitals are still exploring the potential risk factors of psychosis. It is believed that a range of environmental triggers may interact with a genetic predisposition toward psychosis to trigger the first episode. These environmental factors may include sleep deprivation, significant stress, substance use, and head trauma. Psychosis may arise from a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia.

Early Warning Signs

Individuals who suffer from psychosis often develop early warning symptoms prior to the break with reality. Family members often note that the individual experiences a period of social withdrawal, lack of interest in peer groups, and a lack of motivation. The individual may exhibit worsening self-care or hygiene, and he or she may display paranoia. Spending more time alone, discussing unusual new ideas, experiencing strange feelings, and having trouble concentrating are all warning signs of psychosis.

Later Warning Signs

Later, you may notice that your loved one displays disorganized thinking patterns, such as rapidly changing the subject of conversation. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or actions are common, in addition to a reduced ability to function normally. Delusions and hallucinations are hallmarks of psychosis; these refer to false beliefs and seeing, hearing, or smelling something that is not real.

If your loved one is experiencing mental health challenges such as psychosis, help is available for your family at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. The Adult Behavioral Health Unit at our community hospital in South Tampa uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide compassionate treatment. We encourage you to get the help your loved one needs by connecting with the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital at (813) 873-6400.


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