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Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
Treating Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
What is reality? That’s the central question when treating people who suffer from psychotic spectrum disorders. If you have an altered sense of reality, or you do not sense a shared reality with other people, you may be diagnosed with a psychotic spectrum disorder. Though each of us has our own individual slant on reality, we’re able to find enough shared reality points with other people to establish what psychiatrists call “consensual reality.”
The best-known symptoms are “positive” symptoms such as having delusions, hallucinations, unusual behaviors or moods and paranoid beliefs. After you are treated for positive symptoms, you can begin treating the negative symptoms such as having a lack of motivation or direction in life. You may feel as if you are slogging through thick mud and withdraw from social situations. You don’t really know what you want to do. You feel lost and ashamed. How will you pick up the pieces of your life and adapt to your new reality?
Are you in denial?
You may be in tremendous denial about needing treatment for a condition you don’t believe you have. This can be quite debilitating and extremely difficult for those around you. If you’ve been diagnosed on the psychotic spectrum, you see yourself and the world quite differently. Yet the need for treatment is still there because it’s the only way you can have your best life and progress through the world with a sense of consensual reality shared with others.
Don’t live with the misery of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD or another mental health issue. Schedule an appointment with a female psychiatrist by calling 414-763-6910 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Milwaukee, New Berlin, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis and surrounding areas.