Psychotic disorders are mental health issues that affect a patient's cognition and perception of the world. Different disorders present with different symptoms. Though many villains in mainstream media experience psychosis, actual psychotic individuals are much more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators. In fact, psychotic individuals do not have a rate of violent action any higher than the general population. An individual with a psychotic disorder may struggle to think rationally and make judgments based on logic. They may believe things that aren't true and have inappropriate emotional responses to things. Communication can sometimes be difficult as well.
Psychotic disorders can cause severe symptoms that make day-to-day function difficult. However, the majority of these illnesses can be treated through a combination of medication and therapy. Schizophrenia is one of the best-known and most misunderstood psychotic disorders. It includes hallucinations and delusions, along with internal symptoms like distorted thought patterns. Schizoaffective disorder combines schizophrenia symptoms with a mood disorder.