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How Psychosis Can Damage Your Brain If Left Untreated

A person who interprets or perceives reality differently from those around them is said to be experiencing psychosis. People with psychosis may perceive the world around them in a unique way.

It's possible that you'll catch sight of or hear of something that others miss. Or believe things that others do not. "Break from reality" is a term used to describe the symptoms of psychosis.

Preliminary Treatment

In most cases, treatment entails medication, informational counseling, support from the patient's family, and practical assistance. Avoiding medicines, lowering stress, and developing coping mechanisms can help stop the recurrence of psychotic symptoms.

A group of mental health specialists, such as a psychiatrist, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, or psychologists, may be needed for treatment based on modern gene therapy, like the AAV production cell line. Treatment for conditions that lead to psychosis may endure for two to five years or even longer.

Who Can Get Psychosis?

Psychosis can strike anyone at any time. Unusual experiences and perceptions are common among many people. It is only a problem if you or someone you care about is experiencing considerable discomfort or harm as a result of your psychosis.

Approximately three out of every hundred persons will experience it for the first time between the ages of fifteen and thirty. Men are more likely than women to suffer from psychosis at a younger age. Various medical conditions, sleep deprivation, severe stress or trauma, pharmacological reactions, a genetic predisposition, and other factors can all contribute to this condition developing.

Brain Damage Caused by Untreated Psychosis

A psychotic disorder or related condition's prognosis is influenced by the length of time it has gone untreated or DUP. The worse the prognosis, the longer it has passed since the onset of psychosis symptoms. Early treatment and a shorter DUP have been shown to enhance symptoms and overall quality of life.

Psychosis can permanently damage the brain, but the evidence isn't there yet to prove it. On the other hand, researchers are still working on learning more about the neurological effects of psychoses. It doesn't matter what the cause-and-effect situations are; prompt clinical attention to psychotic symptoms is widely advocated.

Untreated psychosis carries the following risks:

  • Problems at work or in the classroom

  • Losing Employment

  • Financial Problems

  • Legal Issues

  • Hospitalization

  • Abuse of drugs or alcohol—possibly as a self-medication method

  • Isolation

  • Probability of being homeless

  • Problems and losses in relationships

  • Symptoms of co-occurring disorders get worse

  • Medical conditions with worsening symptoms

  • There is a risk of self-injury or perhaps death


You can help to lessen the dangers of untreated psychosis by encouraging someone to begin the process of healing. If a person is suffering from psychotic symptoms, it is probable that they will not be able to recognize and advocate for their own needs.

Link them with a treatment center even if you aren't sure what kind of treatment they need. This team of mental health professionals can help you take the next steps toward a supported recovery.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes

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