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Exactly What is Psychotic Depression?

Feb 11, 2008
A person suffering psychotic depression often experiences hallucinations and delusions. Many times, there may be an illogical response to these episodes as often occurs with any type of psychosis. These responses are often violent in nature and may lead to self harm or harm to other people.

A significant indicator does serve to identify that a person is suffering this particular order of depression. Those who suffer from it are completely aware that their delusions and hallucinations and the voices they hear in their head are not real. This differs from schizophrenia in that a person who suffers from schizophrenia does not realize that their psychosis is not real.

Simply because a person suffering from psychotic depression realizes their delusions are not real does not does not indicate that these illusions will prove harmless. Being aware of this, it becomes extremely important for these people immediately seek the help of a qualified professional who can diagnose and treat the condition so that no harm comes to the person or other individuals.

The Severity of Psychotic Depression

Suffering from depression can be a very serious and sometimes very subjective determination. Analysis by professionals and peers alike can offer a diagnosis of the condition of the individual that sometimes are questioned. Contrary to what many people commonly believe, straightforward and clear diagnosis of depression is not a simple condition that manifests itself in clear textbook fashion. Research will indicate that there are varying degrees of depression and for some individuals the level of depression they are experiencing can be severe enough to be classified as psychotic depression.

At this point, the depression they suffer can is considered serious enough to promote thoughts and actions leading to a point where they are a danger to themselves and others. Needless to say, psychotic depression requires immediate help from a professional experienced in mental disorders and treatment.

Public Attitudes towards Depression

Unfortunately there seems to be an apathetic and dispassionate attitude by the general public towards psychotic depression. It is often viewed as amusing and entertaining to observe the antics of a psychotic. There seems to be a false impression that this type of psychotic depression presents no real danger to society. This is not to imply that they feel these people are living a healthy life but it merely indicates a level of acceptance of the fact and lack of desire to help these people to get free of the condition.

General public ignorance of the condition has lead to a lack of clear and definitive understanding of depression that is based on a depth of knowledge. It is viewed too often as a social behaviour issue as opposed to a serious mental state. If you or someone you know is experiencing delusional behaviour, this may well be a sign of psychotic depression. Seek the help of a professional immediately.
About the Author
Tom Henricks is a retired utility worker and charter fisherman from The Canadian of Shore of Lake Erie.
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