Can High Blood Pressure Cause Psychosis?

Women with Psychosis

High blood pressure (hypertension) itself typically does not directly cause psychosis. Psychosis refers to a severe mental condition characterized by a loss of contact with reality, often involving hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and impaired perception of reality.

However, in some cases, extremely high blood pressure levels, especially during a hypertensive crisis, might lead to neurological symptoms such as confusion, severe headaches, seizures, or changes in mental status. In rare and severe situations where hypertension causes damage to blood vessels in the brain or results in a hypertensive emergency, it might potentially contribute to altered mental states or neurological symptoms.

It’s crucial to note that psychosis is usually associated with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression with psychotic features, or substance abuse. Psychosis is not a typical symptom or direct consequence of high blood pressure.

If someone experiences symptoms suggestive of psychosis or any significant changes in mental health, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Healthcare professionals can assess the symptoms, perform necessary evaluations, and determine the underlying cause to provide appropriate treatment or intervention, whether it’s related to psychiatric conditions, medical issues, or other factors contributing to the altered mental state.