Psychosis is a mental and behavioral disorder in which a person has trouble telling the difference between what is real and what is not real. It may cause bizarre thoughts and behavior.
A person with psychosis may have:
Treatment for psychosis depends on the cause and may include care in a hospital. Medicines that diminish hallucinations and delusions and stabilize thinking and behavior are helpful. Group or individual therapy also may be helpful.
Current as of: July 26, 2016
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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