affective psychosis(redirected from affective insanity)
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the presence of hallucinations and delusions along with significant mood disorder. See: mood disorders, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder.
Synonym(s): manic psychosis
a psychological reaction, such as psychotic depression or mania, in which the ego's functioning is impaired and there is loss of reality orientation. The primary clinical feature is a severe disorder of mood or emotions.
affective psychosisA usually recurrent mental disorder in which there is a severe disturbance of mood—mostly compounded of depression and anxiety but also manifested as elation and excitement—which is accompanied by one or more of the following:
• Disturbed attitude to self;
• Disorder of perception and behaviour.
These are all in keeping with the patient's prevailing mood—as are hallucinations, if they occur. There is a strong tendency to suicide. Mild disorders of mood—in particular, mild hypomania—may be included under the umbrella term affective psychosis if the symptoms match closely the above descriptions.
af·fec·tive psy·cho·sis(a-fek'tiv sī-kō'sis)
Psychosis with predominant affective features.