The word psychosis describes a set of conditions that makes an impact on person usual behaviour like the way one thinks, feels or understands.
Under this illness, the patient in elderly age, experiencing it for the first time is often due to dementia or neurological condition. Here, the patient may experience unusual or false perceptions like delusions or Visual or auditory hallucinations. It may further worsen to condition that the patient’s ability to cope with routine work.
Psychosis can have an influence on the following:
- Perception – Seeing, observing, understanding and interpreting reality.
- Cognition – thinking processes, ideas, thoughts, logical development
- Mood – Feeling low, sad, uneasy, depressed or detached
- Personality – feeling you are not really yourself, loosing onto your own
- Behaviour – actions and responses, control on self weakens
- Movement – involuntary body movements
Some of the major risk factors for developing psychosis:
- Chronic bed rest
- Cognitive impairment
- Female gender
- Sensory impairment
- Social isolation