Psychotic depression

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What is psychotic depression?

Psychotic depression is a subtype of major depression. It is marked by a depressed mood, coupled with psychosis. Psychosis is an altered sense of reality, it is often marked with hallucinations (visions or sounds that do not exist) and delusions (false beliefs).

Common symptoms reported by people with psychotic depression

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with psychotic depression

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
fatigue (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Geodon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
psychotic depression (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with psychotic depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with psychotic depression

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Geodon)
Perceived effectiveness
for psychotic depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
acne heart palpitations 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
psychotic depression (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
constipation sexual impotence
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dissociation sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction weight gain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with psychotic depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has psychotic depression on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 39
30s 59
40s 52
50s 55
60s 26
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 35
20-29 years 21
30-39 years 19
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 55
Female 183

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 91
Not Diagnosed 13

These charts show data from psychotic depression patients who have completed their condition history
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