Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features or psychotic depression or it can also called severe depression with psychotic symptoms is a serious condition that requiring immediate treatment and careful monitoring by health professionals or mental health professionals. Severe depression is a common psychiatric disorder that can negatively affect many aspects of a person’s life. It affects the nature of feelings and behaviors as in various physical functions, including appetite and sleep. People with severe depression will be easy to lose interest in many activities that are initially enjoyed and they will have problems with their daily activities. Sometimes, they can even feel that life is not worth living.
It is estimated that about 20 percent of people with major depression also experience psychotic symptoms. This combination is sometimes referred to as psychotic depression or it can be said as major depressive disorder with psychotic features. Such conditions cause a person to hear, see, or be assured of anything unreal. Actually, there are two types of severe depressive disorder with psychotic symptoms. In both, delusions and hallucinations are present, but the person may experience severe depressive disorder with psychotic symptoms that match the natural feelings or that are incompatible with the nature of the feeling.
Major depressive disorder with psychotic features or with psychotic symptoms corresponding to the nature of feeling means that the content of the delusions and hallucinations corresponds to the usual depression theme. It includes less than proper feeling, guilt, or sense of uselessness. Severe depressive disorder with psychotic symptoms that are inconsistent with the nature of feelings means that the content of delusions and hallucinations does not involve depressive themes. Some people may experience a combination of appropriate symptoms and are incompatible with the nature of feelings in their ideology and hallucinations.
Here there are some symptoms that come to someone who as major depressive disorder with psychotic features. If you met someone who has those kinds of symptoms it is better to have consulting with mental health professionals. They usually have symptoms as like fatigue, difficult to concentrate, then they are easily offended, they have feeling hopeless and helpless, further they feel useless or self-loathing, lost interest in fun activities, then social isolation, after that their sleeping condition is too little or too much, they also loss or sudden weight gain, they also change in terms of taste [eating] easily, and the last they like to talk or threaten to commit suicide.
As you know, psychosis or psychotic is characterized by a loss of contact with the reality. Besides above, the symptoms of psychosis include misunderstanding – or wrong beliefs and perceptions – as well as hallucinations – or seeing and hearing something that does not exist. Some people usually will have and develop false beliefs about their health. For example is to believe in that they have cancer when in fact it is not. A hallucination is evident in the person who has that depression. Sometimes they can cause a person to become so panicked that they hurt themselves and others. This is why it is so critical for someone with psychotic depression to seek help as soon as possible. That’s all, may it can be useful for you all.