Psychosis is a psychic disorder in which there is a loss of touch to reality and affects the brain's information processing. It is also associated with the occurence of hallucination or delusion. However, it is not the disease itself and is an underlying sign of a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. A psychotic episode is manifested by audio, visual and tactile hallucinations, and delusions.

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I take medication for acute psychosis and have trouble sleeping for less than 11 hours due to the relapses, along with a muffled voice. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with acute psychosis and have been taking medication for two years due to relapse. But I have a problem that I want to wake up earlier and sleep for 8 hours instead of 11. This seems impossible because I get relapses when I sleep less than 11 hours for a long peri...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You can ask your doctor to adjust the dose of your current medication which can help you to deal with over-sedation. You need to sleep only for 8 hours. You will be fine if your Risperidone dose adjusts from 4 mg to...  Read Full »

I am a 24-year-old male, and after stopping the antidepressants that I take for psychosis and depression, my libido decreased. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old male weighing 64 kg. I was diagnosed with psychosis and depression, and I did not have depression before the problem started two years ago. I took the antidepressants, but after I stopped, it came back, but this time I am a month off without the medications. I was on a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. Yes, your libido will be normal within four to six weeks. I suggest you try to follow the below guidelines to deal with your sexual problem. These will help you: You should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like at least going...  Read Full »

For the past two days, my father is having some delusions that people will kill him. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two days my father is having some delusions that people will kill him. Whenever we try to explain the reality, he gets angry. He is 49 years old, weighs 48 kg with a height of 5 feet 3 inches. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your situation and concern about your father. He may have psychosis (schizophrenia). He may even have auditory hallucinations. If he abuses or consumes alcohol then he has to stop it otherwise there are no medications that can help him. You can give him ...  Read Full »

How to overcome the side effects of Olanzapine tablets?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend was extremely stressed at work and started telling things that never happened and was very delusional. We took her to a psychologist, who referred her to a psychiatrist. He told us she was in a state of psychosis due to stress and prescribed Oleanz 5 mg tablet for two days. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it looks like your friend has developed stress induced acute psychotic episodes. Olanzapine is an effective medication in this situation. 2.5 mg daily is a small dose only; it is not too much ( usual dose can go up to 10 to 20 mg daily). Encou...  Read Full »

After getting a clot in the heart and left leg my father has stopped recognizing the family members. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My father had a blood clot in the brain and left leg artery six months ago. He stopped recognizing the family members and started yelling our names for help. We were closer to him, but he could not realize it and claimed that we were ghosts who had come to kill him and were not his famil...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The sudden onset of suspiciousness and inability to recognize family members can be due to depression with psychosis at this age. It can also occur due to some organic cause like infarction or interruption of blood supply to parts of the br...  Read Full »

How to treat anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from anxiety. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your description of symptoms is concise and specific, which makes it easy to diagnose your condition. Mental illnesses are broadly classified into neurosis and psychosis. In neurosis, a person does not lose contact with reality and understands that he has a mental issue k...  Read Full »

My daughter has psychosis after dental extraction and was on Olanzapine tablet, which was discontinued due to irregular heartbeat and low oxygen. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 17-year-old daughter has had psychosis for the past five weeks since she had dental surgery. She never had a psychotic episode during previous dental extractions. She is currently in a mental health facility and was on tablet Olanzapine for a few days. It was discontinued because she h...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The tablet Olanzapine is one of the best antipsychotic drugs. Olanzapine does not cause low oxygen and irregular heartbeat. I suggest your daughter continue the tablet after consulting a physician, and if required the doctor might suggest a...  Read Full »

Can Enalapril cause psychosis with auditory hallucinations?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking Enalapril 10 mg and developed psychosis with auditory hallucinations. Could it be due to my medication? It is listed as a rare side effect and the symptoms are worse when I take the medication and lessen when I stop taking it.  Read Full »

Dr. Sreejith. M. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you said ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors usually will not produce any hallucination or psychosis but some rare reports of hallucinations are available which was mainly visual hallucination not auditory, but psychosis is unlikely. Anyway, you change Ena...  Read Full »

I am getting mental images of the past for the ten months. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from what I think are mental problems since last year. To give you some context, I went abroad for studies, and I felt extremely lonely and miserable there. After a year, I was suffering from sleep problems. However, one day, I had confusing thoughts, just before ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This problem you are facing is a mental illness for sure. The description of your symptoms seems that it is a serious issue, as it has been persistent for the past 10 months.The problem you are facing is probably visual hallucinations or illusions, which are a part of psy...  Read Full »

Why am I hearing voices in my head and ears for the past few months?

Query: Hello doctor, I could hear voices in my head and ears for the past few months. I am in a state of restlessness. What could it be? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you are suffering from an illness that is episodic in nature, not a continuous one. I suggest you have some perceptual disturbances, mainly auditory types. This indicates that you have some chemical imbala...  Read Full »

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