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Is there a relationship between psychosis and homelessness?

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Is there a relationship between psychosis and homelessness? Also why is it hard to diagnosis abnormal behaviors in children than adults?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Norman M. replied 5 years ago.
One study (Herman D. B. and others) found that about 15% of patients with psychotic disorders reported that they had been homeless prior to hospitalization - a significant increase over the general population.

This finding has been repeated in several studies since. The appears to be a significant increase in risk of homelessness for people with psychosis, porobably as a result of their inability to function well socially and to provide themselves with basic care.

Abnormal behaviors in children and adults? One of the most important diagnostic tools, particularly for mental health issues is a simple interview to discover how well a person communicates, what their history is, and how they feel they relate to the world. Clearly, most adults are better able to provide that sort of information than children, whose verbal and mental skills are naturally less developed. As result, diagnosing children sometimes has to be partly a process of observarion and reliance upon third party evidence.

Best wishes, NormanM
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
But why is psychosis linked to homelessness?
Expert:  Norman M. replied 5 years ago.
As I said, probably because people who are psychotic do not always function well socially or provide themselves with basic care.

If a person is psychotic, very often their domestic and social relationships breakdown, leaving them with little or no support. Often, they either leave their homes (or are thrown out) and they lack the social skills, finance and support to find new accommodation - in short, they become homeless.

Often too they lack the skills or the wish to interact effectively with the various Government and social agencies which could help them, and so they tend to drift.
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