I’m trying to understand what is meant by psychotic episode. In all the books and websites I’ve been reading, they are saying that part of what characterizes a psychotic episode is hallucinations and also a break from reality. The question I have is, can one be experiencing hallucinations but not be having an episode? And does one have to have a break from reality to be having an episode?
I don’t know why it really matters to me, but I’m trying to put a label on what my daughter is experiencing. She hears voices and sees and feels things that aren’t real, but has insight into the fact that they aren’t real. So, is she experiencing an episode? Or is she not because she knows they aren’t real?
Also, is the episode from the time she started hearing voices until it gets completely under control with the medication, or is it each time it happens? I’m just trying to get the terminology right in my mind, and I feel like I’m missing something from the things I’m reading.