What are the Risk Factors for Psychosis?

Certain factors can increase one’s risk of developing psychosis. They include:

  • Dementia or impaired memory
  • Depression
    • Individuals suffering from depression and PD are at a greater risk for developing psychosis. In addition, severe depression alone can cause psychosis.
  • Sleep disorders such as vivid dreaming
    • Individuals commonly report vivid dreaming prior to the onset of psychosis. Other associated sleep disturbances can include REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and general insomnia.
  • Impaired vision
  • Older age
  • Advanced or late-stage PD
  • Use of PD medications (especially long-term use)

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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