What is a Psychotic Break? Signs and Symptoms

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A Psychotic Break occurs when a Person loses Touch With Reality

A Psychotic Break is when Someone becomes Delusional


A Psychotic break occurs when a person experiences a sudden episode of psychosis. The definition of psychosis is a loss of contact with reality. A person who is suffering from psychosis symptoms is referred to as psychotic. A psychotic break can be an individual episode or it can be linked to another mental illness such as schizophrenia.

Psychotic Break Symptoms

The symptoms of psychotic breaks vary depending on the severity of the illness. Some of the usual psychotic break symptoms include:

  • Major Depression
  • Mild to Severe Delusions
  • Violent and Angry Outbursts
  • Catatonia
  • Disorganized or illogical thoughts
  • Hallucinations (auditory or visual)
  • Manic episodes
  • Periods of extremely high energy
  • Unusual or bizarre behavior
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Reasons Why Someone Experiences a Psychotic Break

There are many reasons that someone may experience a psychotic break. Many times a person will lose touch with reality after using certain types of psychoactive drugs. The psychoactive drugs that are commonly associated with psychotic breaks are LSD, PCP, opiates and dextromethorphan.  Some patients experience a psychotic break after losing a loved one. Psychotic breaks are also linked with experiencing a very traumatic event or a very stressful situation.

Psychotic breaks can also be caused by genetic factors or a family history of mental illness. A person who is experiencing a psychotic break may have an undiagnosed mental disorder like bipolar

Psychotic Break Treatment

Psychotic breaks are often treated with anti-psychotic medications or a combination of anti-psychotics and other antidepressants. Sometimes a doctor may have to try several different combinations of depression pills before they find one that works well for the patient. Fortunately, psychotic breaks usually do not last long if they are promptly treated with the right medications. Prompt medical attention will prevent the psychotic break symptoms from worsening.

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