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Posted by: N | 2010/04/07

psychosis cure

am i correct in saying that there is no cure for psychosis, the medication only supresses/manages it - is this right or is there a cure?

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It depends on what type of psychosis you mean, as there are various types. One may become psychotic, for instance, due to a severe infection, and the psychosis will clear up entirely when the infection is over. Psychosis might be a temporary drug side-effect, and then, too, it may clear up fully. It may be part of a very severe Depression, and clear up when the depression lifts.
But within the major psychotic illnesses like Schizophrenia, the underlying disorder tends to be very long-lasting, possibly life-long, and then, as the medications can make a very big difference to one's ability to live a normal or relatively normal life, it is usually important to remain on medication lifelong, as the disorder itself is unlikely to be cured.
Actually, cure is much rarer in all forms of medicine than one might think - but using medicine and other helpful agencies to control and manage one's illness is very worthwhile indeed

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/04/07

It depends on what type of psychosis you mean, as there are various types. One may become psychotic, for instance, due to a severe infection, and the psychosis will clear up entirely when the infection is over. Psychosis might be a temporary drug side-effect, and then, too, it may clear up fully. It may be part of a very severe Depression, and clear up when the depression lifts.
But within the major psychotic illnesses like Schizophrenia, the underlying disorder tends to be very long-lasting, possibly life-long, and then, as the medications can make a very big difference to one's ability to live a normal or relatively normal life, it is usually important to remain on medication lifelong, as the disorder itself is unlikely to be cured.
Actually, cure is much rarer in all forms of medicine than one might think - but using medicine and other helpful agencies to control and manage one's illness is very worthwhile indeed

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