My social worker thinks I'm psychotic and wants me to talk to a doctor about it. What happens if the doctor agrees?
For our readers who may not know, psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by thinking and emotions that are impaired to the point where there is a loss of contact with reality. People who are psychotic have false thoughts (known as delusions) and/or see or hear things that are not there (known as hallucinations). Psychosis is most often diagnosed in young adults.
Treatment of psychosis is generally most effective when there is a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (the use of medication). If your therapist has diagnosed you as having some kind of psychotic disorder, then it is understandable that he/she would want you to meet with a reputable psychiatrist to evaluate your need of psychotropic medications.
Most likely your therapist and the psychiatrist will touch base to discuss symptoms, diagnoses and what will be the most effective treatment plan. The psychiatrist will make recommendations to you about what he/she believes will be the most effective treatment plan for you in terms of proceeding with therapy alone or treating the psychosis with a combination of therapy and medication management. While you may have questions or concerns about taking medications, please know that psychosis is generally treated with medication and that the combination of therapy and medication can be very effective in treating the symptoms associated with psychotic disorders.
If you have any concerns about the treatment recommendations made by your therapist and/or psychiatrist, it is very important that you discuss those questions and concerns with both of them.
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1 in 4 teens contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. 11
In 2017, persons aged 15–24 years represented 62.6% of all chlamydia cases. 10
More than 130 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose. 9
In the next 24 hours, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide. 14
In the next 24 hours, 2,795 teenage girls will become pregnant 12
Only 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in the last year. 8
90% of daily tobacco users begin by age 18 13
Many teens reported feeling overwhelmed (31%) and depressed or sad (30%) as a result of stress. 16
37.3 percent of 12th graders reported vaping in the past 12 months 15
Two-thirds of those who developed alcohol or substance use disorders have had a mental health disorder. 17
In 2016, 56 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers 22
21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among people aged 13-24 years old, most of those being 20-24. 19
59% of all students in grades 9 to 12 indicated that they had not yet had sex. 21
1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship 23
50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide 24
There was a 78% increase in e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018. 2
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 1
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18. 3
Young people aged 15–24 years acquire half of all new STDs 4
In 2017, 5455 teenagers died from an overdose 5
44.88% of teens feel stressed “all the time.” 25
59% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one type of abusive online behaviors. 26
In 2017 2,734 teenagers (ages 13-19) died in the United States from crash injuries. 27
Roughly 40% of teenagers will try drugs at least once, which means 60% will not. 28
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