Psychotic Disorders
Characterized by abnormal thinking, perceptions and disconnection from reality, psychotic disorders belong to severe mental disorders

Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. It is a mental disorder characterized by a disconnection from reality. Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia (the most common psychotic disorder). In other instances, it may be caused by a health condition, medications, or drug use. The person with the condition usually is not aware of his or her behavior.


Two of the main symptoms are hallucinations and delusions. 

Hallucination - a perception of having seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelled something that was not actually there.

Delusion - a belief that is clearly false and that indicates an abnormality in the affected person's content of thought. A person with a delusion is absolutely convinced that the delusion is real. 


What Are the Types of Psychotic Disorders?

• Schizophrenia 

• Schizoaffective Disorder

• Schizophreniform Disorder

• Brief Psychotic Disorder 

• Delusional Disorder

• Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder

• Psychotic Disorder Due to a Medical Condition

• Paraphrenia



Treatment depends on the cause, magnitude and the extend of the psychosis. It might involve psychotropic medications to control the symptoms, talk therapy as well as other treatment modalities depending on various factors.