Depression Psychologist for Psychotic Depression

Published on July 11, 2019

Psychotic depression, also known as major depressive disorder with psychotic symptoms, is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment and close monitoring by a medical or mental health professional. If someone with psychotic depression starts treatment early and stays on the treatment path in close cooperation with their medical and psychological teams, they have a good long-term chance of leading a positive life in recovery.

There are two different types of major depressive disorder with psychotic features. Major depression, in general, and major depression with psychotic symptoms. Both are mental health disorders that require early and persistent depression psychologist Hong Kong care. People with these disorders may be at great risk of suicide or other self-harm. But with adequate treatment, depressive and psychotic symptoms can be minimized, and prevent someone from hurting themselves or others.

Psychotic Depression Symptoms:

Typically, the person with psychotic depression exhibits a low, sad mood, with poor concentration and feelings of lack of self-worth and guilt. More symptoms of psychotic depression includes:

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Physical immobility
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • difficulty concentrating
  • feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • feelings of worthlessness or self-hate
  • social isolation
  • loss of interest in activities once found pleasurable
  • sleeping too little or too much
  • changes in appetite
  • sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • talks or threats of suicide

Treatment for Psychotic Depression

Psychotic depression treatment is very effective. Usually, People are able to recover within several months. But continuous medical check-up may be required. If the medications do not work to end the psychotic depression, then sometimes Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is used. Talk therapy can also be helpful, but only after the first line treatment of medication or ECT has been started. It's important for the patient to work with the doctor or good psychologist Hong Kong to find the most effective drugs with the least side effects. Because psychotic depression is quite serious, and the risk of suicide is also high.

Category(s):Anxiety, Depression, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology

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SIO Psychology

SIO Psychologist Hong Kong is a psychological science clinic in Hong Kong under the experienced and licensed psychologist Dr. Ghazi Kaddouh (PsyD). At SIO We provide counselling and therapy services to individuals and families who are facing emotional, psychological and relationship problems.

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