Caregivers: Know the Signs of Psychosis

Caregivers and family members are often the first people to notice concerning symptoms that their client or loved one may be exhibiting. It's important to be informed and to seek help when necessary. Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia. In other instances, it may be caused by a health condition, medications, or drug use. Psychosis requires a medical diagnosis.

Possible symptoms of Psychosis include: delusions, hallucinations, talking incoherently, and agitation. The person with the condition usually isn't aware of his or her behavior. 

People may experience:

Behavioral: disorganized behavior, aggression, agitation, hostility,
hyperactivity, hypervigilance, nonsense word repetition, repetitive
movements, restlessness, self-harm, social isolation, lack of restraint, or
persistent repetition of words or actions

Cognitive: thought disorder, belief that an ordinary event has special and
personal meaning, belief that thoughts aren't one's own, disorientation,
memory loss, racing thoughts, slowness in activity, thoughts of suicide,
unwanted thoughts, difficulty thinking and understanding, or false belief of
superiority

Mood: anger, anxiety, apathy, excitement, feeling detached from self,
general discontent, limited range of emotions, loneliness, or nervousness

Psychological: fear, hearing voices, depression, manic episode,
paranoia, persecutory delusion, religious delusion, or visual hallucinations

Speech: deficiency of speech, excessive wordiness, incoherent speech,
or rapid and frenzied speaking

Also common: confusion, nightmares, or tactile hallucination

Psychosis is a medical condition that is not caused by bad parenting. Please seek help immediately and assistance, if needed, for advocacy

**Source: Mayo Clinic and others