What is Psychosis?
Psychosis is characterized by the feeling that makes you go away with reality. It is a condition that affects your brain’s ability to process information. A person with psychosis either experiences hallucinations or delusions.
Hallucinations are sensory experiences that really appear to be real, but they are imaginations created by the mind. Hallucinations affect our all five senses. For example, you might see objects in the room no one else can see and that are not even real. Or you may hear voices in the head of a person who is not even around.
A person experiencing signs of psychosis may also have thoughts that do not appear to be real or evident. Such thoughts are classified as delusions. Usually, such people do not have a motive, and they tend to be socially withdrawn.
One of the daunting facts about psychosis tends to have behaviors that put themselves or others at risk. Likely, you may have psychosis as a result of a physical injury or illness, substance abuse, or extreme stress or trauma.
These experiences can be frightening. They may also cause people who are experiencing psychosis to hurt themselves or others. It’s important to see a doctor right away if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of psychosis.
Young people are more vulnerable to psychotic disorders, and the cause is not known yet.
A person may feel slight changes in the way they act or think after he experiences the first episode of psychosis. This is called the prodromal period that may last for several days or weeks or months or years.
Another form of psychosis is secondary psychosis, in which a person loses touch with reality even when he does not have primary psychosis.
It begins with alterations in the thought pattern and understanding of the world.
As it reaches the advanced stage, you may notice:
- Trouble thinking clearly or poor concentration
- A decline in grades or work performance
- Suspiciousness behavior towards others
- Unhygienic practices
- Feeling of loneliness
- Stronger emotions for every situation
- Feeling no emotion at all
- Disorganized speech
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Signs of early-stage psychosis:
- See, hear or taste things others don’t experience
- Stick to unusual beliefs or thoughts, no matter what others say
- Pull away from family and friends
- Not be able to think rationally or pay attention
Symptoms of psychotic episodes include hallucinations and delusions:
Auditory hallucinations: Hearing voices that no one else does in the room.
Tactile hallucinations: Sensations and feelings that are hard to explain.
Visual hallucinations: Weird visualizations such as seeing people or objects that are not there.
Delusions: Beliefs that are in contrast with your cultural beliefs and that do not make sense to others, such as that you possess supernatural powers or that you are a god.
Everyone tends to have a different reason for psychosis, and the underlying cause is not always clear. However, many health conditions also trigger psychosis, while other factors include substance abuse, insomnia, to name a few.
Health conditions that can cause psychosis, include:
Mental health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, chromosomal disorders, Huntington’s disease, etc.
Tumors in the brain, or cysts
Some forms of dementia may result in psychosis, such as that are caused by:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Some types of epilepsy
- HIV, syphilis, and other infections that attack the brain
Risk factors for developing psychosis
The exact cause of psychosis is not known yet. However, there are risk factors that raise your risk of psychosis more than the others, and genetics is one of those factors.
If you have a family history of psychotic disorders, such as parents or siblings, your risk tends to increase.
Children born with a genetic mutation are more likely to get psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, etc.
Types of psychotic disorders
Brief psychotic disorder
Brief psychotic disorder, also called reactive psychosis, may occur during emotional events in the family or in the surroundings, such as the death of a family member. Sometimes experiencing brief reactive psychosis will get better on its own in a few days to a few weeks, depending on the underlying cause.
Drug- or alcohol-related psychosis
Psychosis can also be an outcome of drug abuse, including stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. There are hallucinogenic drugs like LSD that often cause users to experience things that are actually not there. Steroids and stimulants can also worsen your signs of psychosis.
Those who consume alcohol and if they suddenly stop it, they may witness signs linked to psychotic disorder.
Any injury or illness to the head or any infection that alters the function of the brain can also cause signs of psychosis.
These conditions may also have signs of psychotic disorders:
When someone has bipolar disorder, their mood changes drastically. It could be either extremely high or positive, and the very next moment, it can be mourning. When they feel good, they believe they have supernatural powers, and so they have signs of psychosis.
When their mood is depressed, the individual may have psychotic signs that may make them frustrated or irritated or sad. They may even feel that someone is going to harm them.
A person experiencing delusional disorder may not distinguish between things that are imaginary or real.
Psychotic depression often accompanies the signs such as mood swings, feeling heaviness in the chest, etc.
Schizophrenia is a lifelong condition characterized by the signs of psychotic disorder.
Ayurvedic treatment for Psychosis
As per Ayurveda, vitiated doshas may affect the function of the brain. As per Ayurveda, psychic energies such as Sattva, Raja, and Tama in connection with aggravated doshas may alter how your brain perceives things.
In Ayurveda, psychosis is under the aegis of conditions called Ummad. In this, the person fails to distinguish between reality and imagination.
So the aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to formulate herbal concoctions that can detoxify the channels of the brain and strengthen its function.
At AyuKarma, we employ therapies and procedures that are actually helpful for the person. These evidence-based therapies, including Panchakarma, help to remove the toxins or Ama from the body so that your natural healing traits.