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What Is Psychotic Depression

So what Is Psychotic Depression?

Psychotic depression is another sub-type of major depressive disorder.

How it differs from other types of depression is that those with psychotic depression will experience delusions and hallucinations. The delusions and hallucinations will usually reflect the mood of the person. They may believe they have committed a crime or that they are to blame for something. They may believe others can hear their thoughts, or they are possessed.

The hallucinations are also not necessarily just visual; they can be in the form of voices that the person hears. What separates psychotic depression from other mental illnesses with hallucinations is that psychotic depressives are usually aware they are not real. Those with psychotic depression may become enraged for no apparent reason. They may also spend a lot of time in bed, isolated from others. The risk of suicide is much higher in people with psychotic symptoms than in those without, and they may be hospitalised.