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Are there any guidelines for recovery from a psychotic break

Postby Little Sister » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:48 pm

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A relative experienced a psychotic break 2/06, was hospitalized 2 wks, put on risperdol. About 3 wks later, experienced some very distressing news which sent her into a deep deep depression, was started on Paxil which has been titrated up to Paxil CR 50mg x4-5wks as of now. Although functional in the past has a very tragic history of 2 abusive marriages, a son w/alcholism with a h/o 2 suicide attempts and then finally succeeded in a 3rd suicide attempt a few yrs back, but left 3 young children behind and a wife.
Although in CBT and seeing psych MD every 4-6wks, she seems to have plateaued the past 2 mos. Initially was extremely negative, anxious, hopeless, worthless,etc. Now not as bad, but not good, no motivation unless someone is guiding/helping her, still negative, helpless, easily overwhelmed, remains anxious, but not as bad, etc. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being fantastic, I would say she is a 2 or 3.
Is it time to think about a medication adjustment?
Is there anything else that might be done to help her, she is very frustrated, says "I can't stand it anymore." My fear is that if she doesn't convey this strongly to her therapist/Doc and some other options are considered to help her now-she may consider ending it all at some point if she doesn't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
Unfortunately, she has no relatives that live close to her, I am 3+hrs away, but thank heavens she seems to have made friends with a woman that tries to help her as best she can, however, she also lives and is treating for depression.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Postby MSBLUE » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:17 pm

psychosis can happen to anyone under stress, bad eating habits, lack of sleep, or at either pole, whether manic or depressed.

psychdocs always rx antipsychotics, this enables the patient to acquire sleep, and the hallucinations whether visual or auditory go away eventually.

They can resume if the patient stops her regimen, and backslides.

So she was only dx'd with depression?

See this link for more info:

http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities ... chotic.asp

and

http://www.mental-health-matters.com/di ... p?disID=33
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Postby MarkoJaric55 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:13 am

what is a psychotic break? Image someone please explain to me
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Postby aimdog » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:30 pm

MarkoJaric55 wrote:what is a psychotic break? Image someone please explain to me


Why don't you google it if you are so interested. Type in "psychotic break"
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Postby MSBLUE » Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:13 am

MarkoJaric55 wrote:what is a psychotic break? Image someone please explain to me


Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state in which thought and perception are severely impaired. Persons experiencing a psychotic episode may experience hallucinations, hold delusional beliefs (e.g., grandiose or paranoid delusions), demonstrate personality changes and exhibit disorganized thinking (see thought disorder). This is often accompanied by lack of insight into the unusual or bizarre nature of such behavior, difficulties with social interaction and impairments in carrying out the activities of daily living. A psychotic episode is often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality".
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