Exploring what’s new in the field of psychiatry was one of the main topics at the 2019 Early Psychosis Conference. It highlighted the innovative and optimistic practices in treating psychosis. Researchers, clinicians, and healthcare professionals were honored and acknowledge during the event, some of which gave interesting and memorable speeches and shared experiences that many novice participants definitely learned a lot from. Program managers and other healthcare teams also discussed the types of psychotic disorders.
These are a range of mental health conditions that alter one’s sense of reality. These conditions make it difficult for a person to identify what’s real and what’s not. When you or someone you know suffers from one of these disorders, you might hear or see things that are not really there and believe in things that might not be true.
Experts can’t exactly pinpoint what causes psychotic disorders but they have only reached some theories. Trauma, stress, viruses, the structure of the brain, and some types of drug abuse may influence the development of psychotic conditions in some people. For others, they may have a family history of psychotic disorders.
Below are some of the most common and interesting types of psychotic disorders.
Schizophrenia. If you are diagnosed with this disorder, you will most likely suffer from hallucinations, meaning that you’ll sometimes be hearing voices or seeing things that may not be real. Delusions are also common. These are false viewpoints of things, people, and others. One of the most popular people who had Schizophrenia was John Nash, the award-winning mathematician whose life was portrayed in the movie A Beautiful Mind.
Schizoaffective Disorder. It is a mixture of schizophrenia and mood disorder, moods such as depression or mania. If you are the bipolar type, you will be experiencing periods of mania – intense happiness and severe anxiety; If you are depressive, on the other hand, you are often sullen, feeling worthless and devastated with your life.
Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder. When you begin taking specific medications that are quite strong and addictive, you will most likely develop this disorder. Some of the symptoms you might experience include delusions and hallucinations. Drugs and substances that have been found to have a strong connection with this disorder are alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, opioids, PCP, LSD, and sedatives, among others.