Psychotic disorders are a group of mental health conditions that change your sense of reality. They make it hard to know what is real and what is not. When you have these disorders, you might see and hear things that do not exist or believe things that are not true.
The first symptoms can be hard to spot. You might not realise you have a problem right away. So, see a doctor if you notice any of these changes:
• You cannot concentrate or think clearly.
• You are suspicious of people around you.
• You see or hear things no one else can.
• You pull away from loved ones and spend more time alone.
• You have strange new beliefs, and no one can convince you they are untrue.
• You stop bathing or caring for yourself.
How are they treated?
You will have the best chance of recovery if you get treated during your first outbreak of symptoms. Your doctor may suggest medicine and talk therapy. A therapist helps you understand your thoughts and behaviours and teaches you healthier ways to manage your problems. Antipsychotic drugs can help ease hallucinations and delusions. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants if you also have symptoms of depression, like despair and sadness.
Life with a psychotic disorder
Lean on friends, family members, your doctor, and a support group in your community to help you get through treatment. Find out all you can about your condition and what to expect. Take the time you need to recover. Don’t try to push yourself too hard. If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, get help from your doctor or a substance abuse programme.