People with psychosis often feel that their delusions and thought patterns are abnormal and terrifying. They can lead to changes in emotion, affect a person’s behavior, and indicate underlying mental health conditions. These experiences are more than surface level; we are here to help at Mental Health Haven. 

Our Mental Health Haven team collaborates to help you through your illness, providing psychotherapy, medication management, and regular meetings with Kristen Chambers to help treat your schizophrenia. We will always provide you with the safe environment you need to heal and find ways of managing your symptoms in a positive light.

Understanding Psychosis and Its Causes

Psychosis marks the first signs of an underlying disorder, where the person experiences a disruption in their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. It occurs in approximately 100,00 young people each year, meaning 3 in 100 people will experience a psychosis episode throughout their lifetime. This experience can profoundly change the way they function in life and, in some cases, mark the first symptoms of psychotic disorders. These symptoms include:

  • Delusions: These false beliefs remain stagnant even when presented with conflicting evidence. They can occur in any form, affecting one’s perception of their body, social circles, romantic relationships, and world events. 
  • Hallucinations: Hallucinations are false perceptions that occur outside of reality, creating convincing sensory experiences that feel real to the person. 
  • Disorganized Thinking and Speech: Disorganized speech or thought patterns, experiencing disjointed logic and often presenting thoughts incoherently. 

There is no one specific cause of psychosis. Psychosis can occur as a symptom of mental illness but also from other causes, including sleep deprivation, spiritual experiences, and chronic stress. Some mental health conditions that can cause psychosis to include: 

  • Schizophrenia with Psychosis: Schizophrenia causes psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions for at least six months. 
  • Major Depressive Disorder with Psychosis: Feelings of persistent sadness that last for more than six weeks can at times induce psychosis symptoms, including postnatal depression. 
  • Substance-Induced Psychosis: Substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and others can cause psychotic episodes. Alcohol and marijuana can also impede  medication from effectively treating symptoms, making relapse more likely. In other cases, prescription medication can cause psychosis as a side effect when taken improperly. . 
  • Bipolar Disorder with Psychosis: For those with bipolar disorder, symptoms of psychosis can occur when mania is untreated. 

The presence of psychotic symptoms doesn’t automatically mean that a person has a psychotic disorder. In fact, psychosis can also be caused by some medical conditions such as sepsis, dementia, and brain tumors. When working with Kristen Chambers, she will work to isolate the symptoms you’re experiencing and recommend the best course of treatment for you. By incorporating therapy, she can take the time to discuss many aspects of your life impacting your mental health and provide safe, effective mental health care. 

Contact Mental Health Haven For Psychosis Treatment

At Mental Health Haven, we can provide options for those experiencing psychosis disorders through various therapies. Through treatments provided by Kristen Chambers, we encourage our clients to control their mental health so they can experience the relief they need for a positive, happier life.