Understanding the Battle of Depressive Psychosis, and the Options for Treatment
Depressive Psychosis is a combination of major depression with psychotic symptoms. Other names for this illness include:
- Delusional depression
- Psychotic depression
- Psychotic major depression
- A major depressive disorder with mood-congruent psychotic features
- Major depressive disorder with mood-incongruent psychotic features
When battling this illness, the person experiences many symptoms that can interfere immensely with day-to-day life. If you are struggling with Psychotic Depression and need help managing the symptoms, reach out. A resource center can help guide you in taking the steps toward making improvements in your life and finding appropriate treatment for psychotic depression.
Causes and Symptoms of Depressive Psychosis
There is no known cause, but chemical imbalances may contribute to Depressive Psychosis. There may also be a family history of mental disorders or severe depression. Someone suffering from Psychotic Depression experiences both major depression and psychotic symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Change in eating habits
- Change in sleeping habits
- Change in energy levels
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Suicidal thoughts
These symptoms can be intense and hard to manage. If you need help, a residential facility may be beneficial in helping you regain stability in your life.
Many people with Psychotic Depression also suffer from other mental disorders, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Other mood disorders
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Schizophreniform disorder (symptoms similar to schizophrenia, but lasting less than six months)
- Delusional disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
- Substance use disorders
If you have been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder and need help managing your symptoms, reach out to discuss the most effective treatment.
Treatment for Psychotic Depression
There is no specific treatment of psychotic depression, but some options include antipsychotic medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient treatment, support groups, etc. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Depressive Psychosis and needs help managing your symptoms, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss the best course of action for you. Mental health can be hard to fight, but do not give up. With the right help and effort, the days can become more manageable.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Help is available 24 hours a day.