What is it?

Depressive psychosis refers to major depression with psychotic symptoms. There wasn't a specific cause for having a depressive psychosis. Risk factors include having family members suffer from depression and women are more prone than men.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include major depression symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, guilt, irritability, changes in appetite, energy levels and sleep habits. In addition, psychotic symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia.


Diagnosis is made via a psychiatric assessment, conducted by a psychiatrist – a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. This assessment includes questioning, physical exams, cognitive exams, and other tests that might exclude other diseases or conditions.


Treatment may include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and antipsychotic medications. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, can help to cope and manage the disease and improve quality of life. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a very good treatment for those who suffer from depression resistant to treatment.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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