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Delusions of parasitosis - ACD

Delusions of parasitosis is a rare and very distressing psychiatric disorder. The person suffering from the condition truly believes that their skin is infested by parasites (mites, lice or other insects). However, when the skin is examined, no parasites or bugs can be seen in or on the skin.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

Hallucinations and false ideas in dementia - myDr.com.au

People with dementia sometimes experience hallucinations and delusions which seem real to them, but there are ways you can help.

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Psychotic disorders | ReachOut Australia

People with psychosis have trouble interpreting what's going on around them. They may have confused thoughts, false beliefs, delusions or hallucinations.

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Alzheimer's Australia | Hallucinations and false ideas

People with dementia sometimes experience a range of conditions in which they do not experience things as they really are. Although hallucinations and delusions are imaginary, they seem very real to the person experiencing them and can cause extreme anxiety, and even panic.

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Helping someone with depression | Your Health in Mind

Get help immediately if the person:talks about suicide or about harming someone else (read our factsheet on helping a suicidal person)is disorientated (does not know who they are, where there are, or what time of day it is)has hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that are not real) or delusions (very strange beliefs, often based on the content of the hallucinations)

Read more on RANZCP - The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists website

Helping someone with an eating disorder | Your Health in Mind

Get medical help immediately if the person:is expressing thoughts of suicide or of killing someone elseis disorientated (does not know who they are, where there are, or what time of day it is)has delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling things that do not exist)is confused or not making sensehas a pulse that is very slow (less than 50 beats per minute) or very fast (more than 120 beats per minute), or an irregular heartbeathas collapsed or is too weak to walkhas blood in their bowel movements, urine or vomithas cold, clammy skin or a very low body temperature (less than 35C)seems to be dehydrated

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Clopixol | myVMC

Clopixol is an anti-psychotic medicine used to treat psychotic and manic behaviour. It contains zuclopenthixol which blocks dopaminergic transmission.

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Alzheimer's Australia | How is dementia treated?

Information about some of the drug treatments currently used in the treatment of dementia. Drug treatments and dementia This page discusses broadly some of the drug treatments currently being used in the treatment of dementia. This includes new drugs which may have a temporary effect in improving mental functioning and drugs used to treat accompanying symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

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Bipolar disorder symptoms

Bipolar disorder is the name used to describe a set of ‘mood swing’ conditions, the most severe form of which used to be called ‘manic depression’. The term describes the exaggerated swings of mood, cognition and energy from one extreme to the other that are characteristic of the illness.

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Causes of bipolar disorder

While the exact causes of bipolar disorder are not yet fully understood, we do know that it is primarily a biological illness. However, its onset is often linked to stressful life events.

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