A person with psychosis cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not real. It can cause strange thoughts and behaviours. A person with psychosis may have:
Psychosis can be treated with medicines and counselling. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed, even when you feel well. You will need ongoing follow-up care and may need lifelong treatment.
When psychosis is not treated, the risks are higher for suicide, a hospital stay, and other problems. Early treatment may help a person who is having his or her first episode of psychotic thoughts. Ask your doctor about early treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If you are caring for someone with psychosis, it is important that you take care of yourself as well.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Patrice Burgess, MD, FAAFP - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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