People with psychotic disorders lose contact with reality and experience a range of extreme symptoms that usually includes:
However, these symptoms can occur in people with other health problems,
including bipolar disorder, dementia, substance abuse disorders, or
Psychotic Disorders include Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong brain disorder. People who have it
may hear voices, see things that aren't there or believe that others are
reading or controlling their minds. In men, symptoms usually start in
the late teens and early 20s. They include hallucinations, or seeing
things, and delusions such as hearing voices. For women, they start in
the mid-20s to early 30s. Other symptoms include:
No one is sure what causes schizophrenia, but your genetic makeup and
brain chemistry probably play a role. Medicines can relieve many of the
symptoms, but it can take several tries before you find the right drug.
You can reduce relapses by staying on your medicine for as long as your
doctor recommends. With treatment, many people improve enough to lead