Counseling for Psychosis
Medications are usually required for psychosis because the symptoms can severely limit everyday functioning. The illness may cause withdrawal from family and support systems, loss of jobs and housing, and use of substances to cope. People experiencing psychosis are more likely to hurt themselves than hurt someone else. The risk for suicide or self-harm is high so treatment is critical.
Consult a psychiatrist if you or are loved one is experiencing a psychotic disorder. Treatment is available and the condition can stabilize. Therapists can help families initiate, maintain, and modify treatment for their loved ones. Coordinated care is important with these disorders because medical intervention is almost always needed. Psychotherapy with the client experiencing psychosis is helpful only when their symptoms are stabilized, they feel connected to reality, and they are not at risk of harming themselves or others.
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