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Psychoses and Thought Disorders

The term ‘psychosis’ refers to a severe mental illness in which the person suffers from distorted perceptions of reality – that is, the person has difficulty in knowing what is real and what is not real. People with psychoses can suffer from delusions, hallucinations, thought disorders and inappropriate emotions. In most cases, there is also a significant change (or ‘disorganisation’) in the personality. Psychosis is due to a malfunction in the brain, and a person
suffering from psychosis has no control over this malfunction. Medical treatment is usually required, and this almost always
involves the use of anti-psychotic medication. A caring helper who is able to recognise that a person is suffering from psychosis might be the first person to offer assistance and guidance to appropriate medical care. This chapter addresses the causes of psychoses and how to manage it.

Contents include

  • causes of psychosis
  • signs and symptoms
  • recognising early stage psychosis
  • strategies and techniques.
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RN. MN and Cert IV (Workplace Assessment and Training).
Hugh is a nurse consultant and educator with a master of nursing qualification, majoring in community health. He has extensive hospital and community-based experience as a mental health clinician where his clients included those affected by various forms of dementia. Hugh is well known as an informed and engaging teacher and his topics include psycho-geriatric aspects of care. Also, he is the author of the publication Counselling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide.

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