Psychotic disorders are, by definition, low-prevalence (occur infrequently) mental health disorders that fundamentally interfere with a person’s ability to maintain contact with reality. Disorders that fall under this category include schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. A person affected by psychosis may experience a range of symptoms, including holding false beliefs that cannot be reasoned with (e.g. paranoid delusions), experiencing distressing and derogatory auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) and experiencing disturbances to their cognitive function (e.g. inability to maintain focused attention). Psychotic disorders usually require a multidisciplinary approach, including a psychiatrist or GP to manage medication, in addition to psychological and lifestyle related therapies. In recent decades, evidence-based psychological treatments for psychosis have been developed. In addition, exciting research has pointed to the possibility that young people at high risk of developing psychosis can have that risk drastically reduced via the inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) supplements in their diet.
At Vital Mind Psychology, we have the skills, experience and expertise to accurately assess and treat Psychotic Disorders alongside medical treatment.