What is Psychosis? Mental Health with Kati Morton

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"Today I talk with you about psychosis. What is it and what does it look and feel like to those who suffer. Since there is so much information to cover about this topic, I only go over the different types of psychosis and what those types look like.

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There are 5 types of psychosis that are talked about in the DSM 5. They are as follows:
1. Delusions: there are fixed beliefs that cannot be changed even when there is comforting evidence. There are many types of delusions, but the most common types are persecutory and grandiose.
2. Hallucinations: these are things that we perceive, that have no real external stimuli. These can be things we see, hear, feel, taste, etc. Auditory hallucinations (hearing things that are not there) is the most common.
3. Disorganized Thinking: This is noticed through someone's speech. Due to their disorganized thinking, they cannot speak coherently. It can sound like they are hopping from one topic to another without any connection to what you are talking about. When I worked in the hospital we would call this ""word salad"" because it was all tossed together without any clear connection.
4. Grossly disorganized or abnormal motor behavior: They can struggle with goal oriented behavior, be oddly silly or childlike, or extremely agitated for no clear reason. This can make everyday activities very difficult because there are organized steps we have to take to get things accomplished (ie. go to the grocery store for food to make a sandwich, get home, make sandwich, eat it, and clean up). Catatonia is also mentioned under this type and this is when we have a lack of response to stimuli. We may not move at all and some even hold poses for a long period of time. Can also be mute or stare for long periods of time.
5. There are the most common, however, they are the least noticeable. Negative symptoms are most commonly a) diminished emotional expression or blunted affect. b) avolition, which is when we don't show any desire to do anything of purpose. There are many other types of negative symptoms, but those are the most common.

Many disorders have psychotic features as a subtype of the diagnosis and there are many psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, brief psychotic disorder etc. If you or someone you know is struggling with psychosis please get help. See a psychiatrist asap! The sooner we stop or diminish the psychosis the better chances we have of our brain healing from it. So please share this video! Please reach out! The more we know the better!



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