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Psychotic Features Specialist

Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling

John Hsieh, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in River Oaks, Houston, TX

Some patients experience psychotic features like hallucinations or paranoia in addition to the symptoms of another mental health condition, such as depression or bipolar disorder. At Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling in Houston, Texas, John Hsieh, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for psychotic features, aiming to restore your health and well-being. If you’re concerned about psychotic features, call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling or schedule a consultation online today.

Psychotic Features Q & A

What are psychotic features?

Psychotic features are psychosis symptoms, such as:

Hallucinations

Hallucinations cause you to see or hear things that aren’t there. For example, you might hear voices. It’s also possible for your senses of smell, touch, and taste to be altered. 

Delusions

Delusions are firmly held beliefs that aren’t rooted in reality. For example, you might have an overblown sense of grandeur or believe that the television or internet are broadcasting secret messages. 

Paranoia is a type of delusion that makes you fear that someone is out to get you. You might believe that you’re being followed, or that someone is sabotaging your life. 

Disorganized thoughts or speech

You might also experience disorganized or unusual thoughts or speech patterns. You may find it challenging to concentrate, or your speech may jump between topics erratically. Your thoughts might race, or you might stumble over or link words as you rush to express yourself. 

These symptoms can occur in conjunction with another psychiatric condition that is not schizophrenia. For example, it’s possible to develop depression with psychotic features or experience these symptoms during a manic episode if you have bipolar disorder. 

What conditions cause psychotic features?

In addition to the brain chemistry and other neurological factors that trigger psychotic features, they can also be caused by:

  • Brain diseases
  • Brain tumors
  • Dementia
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Head injuries

Your risk of experiencing psychotic features increases if you have a family history of psychosis. It can also be brought on by extreme stress and drug or alcohol abuse. 

Dr. Hsieh provides a thorough assessment to identify the root cause of your psychotic features so he can offer the correct treatment to relieve your symptoms and restore your health. 

How are psychotic features treated?

Dr. Hsieh provides personalized treatments to relieve psychotic features. Following your initial assessment, he determines the best course of treatment, often combining medication, counseling, and lifestyle modifications. 

Most medications to relieve psychotic features can take several weeks to reach their full effectiveness. It’s essential to remain patient, continue to follow Dr. Hsieh’s instructions, and attend your follow-up appointments. 

If you’re experiencing psychotic features or other signs of a mental health condition, call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling today or make an appointment online.