My Social Worker Thinks I'm Psychotic And Wants Me To Speak To A Doctor About It
My social worker thinks I'm psychotic and wants me to talk to a doctor about it. What happens if the doctor agrees?
For our readers who may not know, psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by thinking and emotions that are impaired to the point where there is a loss of contact with reality. People who are psychotic have false thoughts (known as delusions) and/or see or hear things that are not there (known as hallucinations). Psychosis is most often diagnosed in young adults.
Treatment of psychosis is generally most effective when there is a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (the use of medication). If your therapist has diagnosed you as having some kind of psychotic disorder, then it is understandable that he/she would want you to meet with a reputable psychiatrist to evaluate your need of psychotropic medications.
Most likely your therapist and the psychiatrist will touch base to discuss symptoms, diagnoses and what will be the most effective treatment plan. The psychiatrist will make recommendations to you about what he/she believes will be the most effective treatment plan for you in terms of proceeding with therapy alone or treating the psychosis with a combination of therapy and medication management. While you may have questions or concerns about taking medications, please know that psychosis is generally treated with medication and that the combination of therapy and medication can be very effective in treating the symptoms associated with psychotic disorders.
If you have any concerns about the treatment recommendations made by your therapist and/or psychiatrist, it is very important that you discuss those questions and concerns with both of them.