Definition of psychotic in US English:

psychotic

adjective

  • Relating to, denoting, or suffering from a psychosis.

    ‘a psychotic disturbance’
    • ‘Excessive doses produce hyperactivity, paranoia and other psychotic symptoms.’
    • ‘One simply cannot equate psychotic disturbances which alter the entire personality with physical diseases.’
    • ‘The help received at this temple served as an alternative to clinical psychiatric treatment for these people with psychotic illness.’
    • ‘I was about to turn into a crazy psychotic lunatic and there was nothing I could do to stop myself.’
    • ‘Has the Minister seen studies or reports that link cannabis use with psychotic symptoms or mental health disorders?’
    • ‘One of the most disenfranchised groups in health care is older people with psychotic disorders.’
    • ‘Child abuse seems to be particularly related to psychotic symptoms and diagnoses of schizophrenia.’
    • ‘One of their sons suffered from schizophrenia and was prone to violent psychotic episodes.’
    • ‘Enrique's face is twisted into a rictus grin, and he lets out the unmistakable chortle of sheer psychotic derangement.’
    • ‘The only safety issue seems to be in seriously disturbed patients, in whom meditation may trigger psychotic episodes.’
    • ‘As well as symptoms of panic, these nine patients all had overt psychotic symptoms and behavioural disturbance.’
    • ‘Terror always has its roots in hysteria and psychotic insecurity; still, we should know our enemy.’
    • ‘The mean decrease in the severity of psychotic symptoms and EPS favored risperidone.’
    • ‘Though he was incoherent and loud, at times my impression was that he was not psychotic or manic.’
    • ‘I know I know I get all kinds of strange paranoid psychotic dreams when I am in a bad mood.’
    • ‘I must say that some of the emails I get from Leftists do have all the hallmarks of psychotic thought disorder.’
    • ‘We found very little evidence of psychiatric illness, none of the subjects had psychotic disorders for example.’
    • ‘Celebrity stalkers are usually found in the love obsessional group, a high proportion of whom suffer from psychotic illnesses.’
    • ‘Edwin was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and marijuana induced psychotic disorder.’
    • ‘She is a deeply disturbed, psychotic individual, whose case should never have gone to trial.’
    severely mentally ill, insane, mad, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, not together, crazed, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, maniac, maniacal, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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noun

  • A person suffering from a psychosis.

    • ‘I saw this whole bunch of young people going crazy, plunging into the counterculture, becoming psychotics, among the Baby Boomer generation.’
    • ‘Man and Chen compared the effectiveness of intramuscular injections of chlorpromazine with IM haloperidol in controlling agitated, assaultive psychotics.’
    • ‘It you want to say, do they have disordered thinking, are they distorted in their ideas of relationships with people, some of them certainly are personality disordered, but not a lot are schizophrenic or what we would call psychotics.’
    • ‘LSD psychotics fundamentally did not differ from schizophrenics except for the amount of parental alcoholism.’
    • ‘Some of the psychotics too can be withdrawn - ‘quietly mad’ in the language of doctors - and likely to remain undiagnosed and untreated.’

Pronunciation

psychotic

/sīˈkädik//saɪˈkɑdɪk/