Psychosis Specialist

Buffington Family Medicine

Family Practice Physicians & Psychiatry Specialists located in Keller, TX

Psychosis and losing your ability to reason between your experience and reality can be frightening and have detrimental consequences. At Buffington Family Medicine in Keller, Texas, clinical psychologist Dr. Kristine Buffington has years of experience treating psychosis and helping men and women find relief. Effectively treating psychosis calls for a multifaceted approach through medical care, psychotherapy, and community support. From hallucinations to delusions, Dr. Buffington can help you control and manage your symptoms of psychosis. Call the office today.

Psychosis Q & A

What is psychosis?

Psychosis occurs when you lose touch with reality and have false beliefs about your identity or events that are happening. You might also have hallucinations and see and hear things that aren’t there.

What are the symptoms of psychosis?

If you have psychosis, you might have:

  • Disorganized speech and thoughts that change rapidly from topic to topic
  • False beliefs that aren’t based on reality, or delusions
  • Unfounded suspicions or fears
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there

Psychosis can be found in various disorders, such as bipolar disorder, severe depression, and schizophrenia.

Many researchers believe dopamine plays an important part in psychosis. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and one of many brain chemicals used to transmit information between brain cells. Dopamine is associated with how you feel and whether something is important, interesting, or significant to you.

Disruption to these important functions in your brain might explain psychotic symptoms. Researchers point to evidence from several sources, including effective brain scans and the fact that medications designed to reduce the effects of dopamine in the brain can also reduce psychotic symptoms.

 

How is psychosis diagnosed?

Psychosis is diagnosed with a psychiatric evaluation, and if needed, testing. Dr. Buffington helps you decide the best way to help manage your symptoms of psychosis so you can feel more in control of your life.

What are the treatments for psychosis?

Psychosis can be treated in a number of ways. Dr. Buffington might suggest:

  • Antipsychotic medications to reduce hallucinations and delusions and improve behavior and thinking
  • Psychotherapy to improve your thoughts and outlook
  • Lifestyle changes to boost your overall wellness

Psychosis can prevent many people from functioning normally. In severe cases, self-harm can occur. Fortunately, many people with psychosis can live a happy, meaningful life. Family intervention, self-help groups, and spending time doing the things you love are all helpful.

Call Buffington Family Medicine to treat your psychosis today.