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[Excerpt from the spring 2037 issue of The Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Vol. 1381, issue 13):] Clinical Signs of Cyberpsychosis In An Outpatient Setting, Dr. Cordelia M. Lane, MD Abstract: Background: The seminal studies of cyberpsychosis(1) have all taken place in in-patient clinical settings. While this offers greater scope for studying the minutiae of the disorder, it presents several problems by the very controlled nature of the environment. The theories gained through this research have laid important groundwork for our understanding and treatment of it; yet they are necessarily as limited in their scope as the environment in which they were formulated. Methods: Over a period of two years, ten cyberpsychotic patients were studied in an outpatient setting, with careful cataloguing of the symptoms that were presented as well as intense study of the coping mechanisms the patients used to deal with day-to-day life in an unpredictable world. Results: Predictably, the clinical signs of cyberpsychosis presented much differently in an outpatient setting than in a residential program. The differences have been charted using Stone and Wilbur's methodology(2) in order to offer the greatest ease of comparison with past research. Conclusion: Many of the differences in presentation offer rich scope for further study. Due to the limited nature of the sample size in this research, no definitive conclusions can be made; further attempts to clarify how and why some widely-recognized clinical signs of cyberpsychosis occur so differently in an outpatient setting would be extremely valuable to the field. (1) Stone, Edward; Wilbur, Wilhelm. (2010) Graphed Statistical Analysis of Symptoms of Cyberpsychosis J. of Abnormal Psych 1343, 45-60 Crater, Stephen; Dominick, Philip (2005) Psychotic Abnormalities Associated With Implanted Cyberware J. of the American Medical Association 293-7, 850 Miniark, Tesla (2007) Incidence of Auditory, Visual, and Tactile Hallucinations In Patients Suffering From Cyberware Induced Psychosis New England J. of Med 356-15, 343-377 Jones, Andrea (2019) Common Triggers of Incidences of Violent Outbursts in Cyberpsychotic Patients Psychology Today 1149, 75-89 (2) Stone, Edward; Wilbur, Wilhelm. (2010) Graphed Statistical Analysis of Symptoms of Cyberpsychosis J. of Abnormal Psych 1343, 45-60
The first symptoms of cyberpsychosis are mild. Those afflicted may not even notice it themselves, however people around them (particularly those that know them well) will notice a machine-like appearance. The next level of symptoms include paranoia, visual hallucinations ("seeing things") and auditory hallucinations ("hearing voices"). Finally, people in the advanced stages of cyberpsychosis will experience completely uncontrollable homicidal urges, leading them to attack those around them seemingly at random. If there is no other target available, they may turn their weapons on themselves. As you can imagine, this heavily impacts their social functioning.
The ability to resist cyberpsychosis depends on willpower and empathy. But if you're just bound and determined to load up on chrome, treatments do exist to help. The most common treatment is with the drug crediline, sold in yellow derms. Similar to the street drug Ecstasy from the latter half of the 20th century, crediline will give you warm fuzzy feelings towards the rest of humanity at the cost of intelligence and impulse control. It may also be addictive.
Psychotherapy in the form of counseling is by far more effective, but the intensive therapy required to talk down a violent cyberpsychotic and guide them into a calmer and more rational frame of mind is something attempted only by the most dedicated doctors (or those being paid exorbitant amounts of cred). Therapists can only support a limited number of patients due to the time and energy commitments required of them, which makes counseling far, far less common than crediline.