Psychosis In The Elderly

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Definition

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

A number of substances and medical conditions can cause psychosis, including:

  • Alcohol and certain illegal drugs, both during use and during withdrawal
  • Brain tumors or cysts
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer's disease)
  • Degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson's...
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