Psychosis is a broad term that has historically meant a person has had a “break from reality.” Schizophrenia is a common diagnosis under the umbrella of psychotic disorders that focuses more specifically on someone’s perceptions of and beliefs about the world and how he or she relates to others.
There are a multitude of reasons why a psychotic experience may occur, including: sleep-deprivation, stress, trauma, certain effects of medication or substance abuse, grief reactions, giving birth, and certain cultural practices.
Psychosis can have a significant impact on your mental health and quality of life. Dr. Cole helps patients learn to cope with all types of psychosis and find their way to a more fulfilling life.
What are the signs that psychosis is a problem?
Psychosis and schizophrenia may cause a variety of disruptive concerns. Some common signs include:
- Hearing or seeing things other people do not
- Holding strange beliefs that others do not
- Feeling as though you are being watched, followed, or plotted against
- Thinking that others are “out to get you”
- Social withdrawal
- Trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
- Difficulty communicating
When left untreated, psychotic symptoms can worsen with time and interfere with your life more severely. If you’ve had any of those above experiences, you should talk to a professional like Dr. Cole for expert psychotherapy and support to help you navigate these experiences so that you can connect with others important to you in more meaningful ways.
How is psychosis?
Dr. Cole has over 13 years of experience helping patients cope with psychotic experiences. He provides customized psychotherapy to help you resolve your specific issues. He has experience with a variety of therapeutic approaches, including existential, relational, humanistic, experiential, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.