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Psychosis

Psychotic features are often present during the manic phase of bipolar I disorder. Aspects of psychosis may also manifest during extreme episodes of depression. They are also characteristic of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. These features include delusions and hallucinations.

Hallucinations - Do I Need Help?
Do you wonder if you need help because of strange visions or sounds? Three people describe their hallucinations, sometimes along with other symptoms, and ask questions about what they are experiencing, and what they should do about it. If you see yourself in any of these stories, the answers are for you, too.

Bipolar Psychosis Symptoms
Psychosis can occur in either bipolar mania or in depression. Learn about psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, along with the mental illnesses where psychosis is most common.

Psychosis - Quick Definition
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions (false ideas about what is taking place or who one is) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things which aren't there). More...

Delusions
Delusions are false beliefs that are firmly held. They are one aspect of the psychotic features of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

Delusion of Reference
Delusions of Reference refers to the strongly held belief that random events, objects, behaviors of others, etc., have a particular and unusual significance to oneself.

Religious Delusions
A significant portion of those with psychotic disorders experience religious delusions. Here's a discussion of such delusions, challenges in diagnosis, and why distinguishing these from strong spiritual faith is essential to treatment.

Hallucinations
Hallucinations are most often associated with mental illness schizophrenia. However, they may also occur for those with bipolar disorder when either depression or mania has psychotic features.

Bipolar People Describe Their Hallucinations
People with bipolar disorder may experience hallucinations as a part of their psychotic symptoms. Here you can read true-life descriptions of people's hallucinations and share your own.

Bipolar People Describe Their Delusions
People with bipolar I disorder may experience delusions as a part of their psychotic symptoms. About Bipolar Disorder readers describe their delusions.

Crashing Into Psychosis
Eve talks to me about her psychotic breakdown. Part 1 of the interview covers events up to and including the onset of symptoms.

Returning From Psychosis
In part 2 of my interview with Eve, we discuss what it was like to come out of her episode of brief reactive psychosis, what her treatment was, and the many, many lifestyle changes she's needed to make.

What Is Paranoia?
Here is a brief but comprehensive definition of paranoia - which may be present in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia as well as several other mental illnesses.

What Is Catatonia?
Here is a brief but comprehensive definition of Catatonia and catatonic features - which may be present in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and other conditions.

Negativism
Negativism is a trait of catatonic stupor.

A Twin Study of Genetic Relationships Between Psychotic Symptoms
Biometrical model fitting was applied to clinical data from twins to investigate whether operationally defined schizophrenic, schizoaffective, and manic syndromes share genetic risk factors.

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