Psychotic disorders

Psychotic disorders are a category of mental health condition that contains a number of different specific disorders.

There are a number of psychotic disorders and they don’t have the same symptoms for everyone. That said, most psychotic disorders involve hallucinations, delusions, and/or other forms of losing touch with reality.

People with psychotic disorders often find that their symptoms seriously disrupt day-to-day life. However, even severe psychotic disorders can often be treated effectively.

Prevalence of psychotic disorders

It’s somewhat difficult to know for sure exactly how common psychotic disorders are. However, research suggests that they are more common than many people may think.

Experts often agree that schizophrenia (one of the most common psychotic disorders) occurs in about 1% of the population. However, one large study found that the percentage of people who will be diagnosed with some kind of psychotic disorder during their lifetimes may actually be closer to 3%.

Psychotic disorders are most common in teenagers and young adults (roughly age eighteen through age thirty-five), and they appear to be about equally common for men and women.

Symptoms of psychotic disorders

There are five categories of symptoms that all psychotic disorders share:

It’s important to note that not everyone with a psychotic disorder experiences all five categories of symptoms. Symptoms can look very different for different people and different kinds of psychotic disorders.

Types of psychotic disorders

Not all symptoms of psychotic disorders feat neatly into one of the following categories. That said, the major types of psychotic disorder are:

What to do if you’re experiencing a psychotic disorder

In general, it’s very important to get psychiatric treatment for psychotic disorder. Especially if you seek treatment early, symptoms of psychotic disorders can often be managed successfully.

The following treatment options can be helpful for psychotic disorders:

What to look for in a therapist for psychotic disorders

The most important thing is to seek treatment immediately from a medical or psychiatric professional. Psychotic disorders can sometimes require hospitalization or medication in the short term, so it’s important to get the support you need.

In the long term, you may also want to work with a therapist to process your experience and work through any ongoing symptoms. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that your therapist is qualified to treat people with psychotic disorders. This will usually involve:

Finally, as with any therapy, it’s important to make sure that your therapist is a good fit for your unique needs. Be sure to evaluate the following in your initial calls with therapists: