Disorders Involving Psychosis
People experiencing psychosis may exhibit some personality changes and some loss of contact with reality. Psychosis is usually marked by auditory or visual hallucinations and/or delusions, which is holding unusual beliefs not shared by other people. Psychosis is more a symptom than a diagnosed illness, as it can be found in individuals with sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, interactions with medications, drug abuse, or other medical conditions (eg. lupus, stroke, epilepsy). However, it is most commonly associated with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Delusional Disorder, and Dementia.