Psychotic disorders are a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. Different types of psychotic disorders include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorder, shared psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder, paraphrenia, and psychotic disorders due to medical conditions. Read more: Psychotic Disorders Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Loss of Appetite
- Poor Hygiene
- Loss of Speech
- Abnormal Facial Expressions
- Unusual Behavior
- Catatonia (Catatonic Behavior)
- Lack of Facial Expressions
- Inability to Regulate Emotions
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Medications & Supplements
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- haloperidol (Haldol)
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- olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zydis)
- quetiapine (Seroquel)
- fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Prozac Weekly)
- Phenothiazine Antipsychotics
- Haldol (haloperidol) vs. Ativan (lorazepam)
- aripiprazole (Abilify)
- paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
- risperidone, Risperdal; Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-TAB
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- clozapine (Clozaril, Fazacio ODT, Versacloz)
- vortioxetine (Trintellix - formerly known as Brintellix)
- Side Effects of Compazine (prochlorperazine)
- brexpiprazole (Rexulti)
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- paliperidone (Invega)
- perphenazine (Trilafon - discontinued)
Prevention & Wellness
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