What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is defined as an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties determining what is real and what is not.

  • Hallucinations- hearing or seeing things that are not real
  • Delusions- belief in things not real or true.
  • Thought disorder- impairment inability to connect and form logical ideas.

Psychosis disorders are relatively common with schizophrenia being the most common.

Psychosis is possible higher in blacks and ethnic minority populations compared to the white population.

Causes of Psychosis

  • Schizophrenia
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Delusion disorder
  • Syphilis

Antipsychotics are effective at reducing psychosis symptoms in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, but they do not themselves treat or cure underlying psychotic illnesses.