Psychotic depression is a severe form of major depression accompanied by symptoms, not specific to depression, but inherent in psychosis. Hallucinations, disorientation, and other forms of distortion of perception of reality.
Why is this disease is not a typical psychosis? Everything is quite simple. The main symptoms of psychotic depression are the same all depressive symptoms – the oppressed, helplessness, loss of interest in life. Psychotic symptoms only accompany them.
For example, a patient experiencing a psychotic depression, sleep disturbances, as a rule, changing day and night. The whole day he can sleep and awake at night. Such patients are no longer paying attention to how they look, what to wear, often without changing clothes for weeks.
Keep the conversation going with psychotic depression is unlikely to succeed, because thoughts are so confused that they express them almost can not. It is difficult to diagnose the disease. In addition, patients tend to hide their thoughts, ashamed of their incomprehensible statement.
This raises the following very important sign of psychotic depression. Unlike schizophrenics, for example, patients with this type of depression understand the irrationality and the implausibility of his thinking, are aware of the problem.
Timely diagnosis of the disease is very important, because left unattended manifestation of the disease may lead to the occurrence of bipolar disorder, mania or lead to suicide.
Treatment of patients with psychotic depression usually takes place in a hospital with the use of drug therapies. Note, however, that the treatment of the disease is quite long and sometimes takes about a year.