Disruptions of thought, hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized thinking are all symptoms that people struggling with psychosis experience. Without proper treatment, psychosis can be disruptive, confusing, and frightening. Luckily, the professionals at Lifeskills South Florida offer a full continuum of care to help individuals overcome symptoms of psychosis and learn to manage their mental health.
What Is Psychosis?
Despite popular belief, psychosis is a symptom, not a mental illness. It’s also more common than most people believe. Approximately 3% of the population will experience an episode of psychosis at some point in their lives. These behavioral, psychological, and cognitive symptoms can include:
- Detachment from reality
- Racing thoughts
- Incoherent or rapid speaking
A person experiencing this often doesn’t realize what is happening to them. Generally, they will either experience hallucinations or delusions.
Those experiencing hallucinations may express seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there. For those experiencing delusions, they may have irrational thoughts or beliefs, such as believing that external forces are controlling them or that they have special powers.
Early Signs of a Psychiatric Episode
Often, an individual’s first episode doesn’t occur suddenly. Even if others don’t notice, the individual will be experiencing minor changes in perceptions and thoughts that eventually lead to an episode of psychosis. In order to help them healthily manage psychosis and other symptoms, loved ones should keep an eye on someone who exhibits these early warning signs:
- Sudden poor performance at work or school
- Decline of personal hygiene or self-care
- Isolating oneself
- Discomfort or suspiciousness around others
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or complete apathy
Causes of Psychosis
The medical community is still trying to understand psychosis and how exactly it develops. Generally, professionals agree that there are a few factors that can affect the development of an episode:
- Age (teenagers and young adults are at higher risk for psychosis due to hormonal changes)
- Illness or injury
- Substance use
- Mental health conditions
Since psychosis is a symptom, it can often be an indicator of a mental health disorder, such as schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
Treatment at Lifeskills South Florida
Early identification of this condition can help individuals find the comprehensive mental health treatment they need. Generally, the earlier loved ones identify psychosis in an individual and help them find treatment, the better the outcomes.
Treatment can involve a variety of medications and therapies. At Lifeskills South Florida, our evidence-based practices offer five clinical pathways, including:
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Gender-specific trauma treatment
- Substance use disorder
- Cognitive remediation
Each of our therapeutic modalities helps individuals and their families better understand mental health and find ways to manage episodes healthily.
Mental Health Treatment at Lifeskills South Florida
At Lifeskills South Florida, we offer a dual-licensed residential treatment facility with programs for mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, and dual diagnosis. Along with treatment plans for psychosis, we also offer thought disorders and mental health treatment, such as:
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Depressive disorder
If you suspect someone in your life is exhibiting early signs of an episode, then it’s time to reach out for help. Contact the compassionate professionals at Lifeskills South Florida. We’re ready to help your loved one and family learn about the ins and outs of mental health as well as healthy coping strategies. Call us today at 866-321-9430 to learn more about our treatment programs and facility.