Psychosis is when people have times of being out of touch with reality, in the sense of seeing, hearing, feeling in their body things or believing things that aren’t really there/true. You may realise that it’s not reality (only feels like it) or you may genuinely believe that these things are happening; either way, experiencing delusions or hallucinations can be confusing, frightening, terrifying and leads to associated anxiety, depression and/or other mood disturbances. Difficulties in social relationships, finances, employment may also occur. See a psychologist for CBT for delusions.
Depending on how much you are in touch with what’s happening, in contact with reality, seeing a Clinical Psychologist usually helps, either instead of medication or in conjunction with medication. (This type of medication is usually prescribed by a psychiatrist or less often, a GP). Psychosis is a type of Mental illness. Psychologist, CBT for psychosis is known to help many.
Childbirth can trigger an episode of psychosis for some women, as can the use of illicit drugs. Intensive care related psychosis is also known to happen. See a Psychologist for ICU psychosis. Psychosis can also be caused by past trauma, infection, by other problems in the brain or for unknown reasons.
Different types of psychological intervention have been shown by research to help. One-to-one therapy is often offered, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Structured Family Meetings can also be available.
A Clinical Psychologist can talk with you in the assessment appointment/s to work out factors which may have contributed to your experience (in a non-blaming way) to be able to agree if psychological therapy can be of help to you, when and how.
For example, if trauma is a possible factor for you, research has shown that PTSD and other trauma after effects can be greatly helped by psychological therapy.
See also: Anxiety and worry; Depression/low mood; Mood disturbance; Trauma and; PTSD.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.