A psychotic disorder is a severe mental disorder characterized by an extreme impairment in the personís ability to think, respond emotionally, remember, communicate, or understand reality. Someone who is psychotic often has hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that donít exist) or may regress into behavior appropriate for a much younger child. A psychosis greatly interferes with meeting the ordinary demands of life and usually requires close medical supervision and evaluation to determine if it is due to a physical or emotional problem, or alcohol or drug abuse.

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