Depression with psychosis is more common than you think but treatment is effective. Major depression is a frightening and debilitating condition all on its own. While this is the case for most people, it can occur in conjunction with psychosis, an abnormal state of perception that includes delusions and hallucinations. Psychotic depression, also known as depression with psychosis, occurs when delusions accompany a major depressive episode. Psychotic depression affects anywhere from 14 to nearly 50 percent of people with depression, with geriatric patients being particularly vulnerable.
Mental health professionals treat psychotic depression as a serious condition because the person suffering from it is more likely to harm themselves. There should be a clear distinction made between psychotic depression and psychosis, according to experts.
How Psychotic Depression Differs from Schizophrenia
According to researchers, “if the person has pure psychosis without much depression, it is more likely to be schizophrenia. People who suffer from schizophrenia are more likely to experience persistent hallucinations and delusions than people who do not have schizophrenia. In addition, their thinking, feelings, and motivation have all decreased.
Schizophrenia, on the other hand, is more severe and lasts longer. We don’t diagnose based on the type of delusion, but the patients’ delusions tend to be more bizarre.
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