Cybernetically induced psychosis

Cybernetically induced psychosis is a condition caused by either malfunctioning or incompatible cyberware interacting with the brain, causing an altered state of mind and warped perception of reality.

Condition

Cybernetically Induced Psychosis, medical designation "CIPs", colloquially called "Cyco", is a mental condition caused by improper interfacing between cyberware and the brain. The vast majority of cyberware, be it a sensor suite, a cybernetic limb or a neural computer, interface with the nervous system and thus the brain, in some way.

If this interfacing is either faulty, incompatible, disturbed or the implant rejected, erroneous signals can be sent from the implant to the brain and vice versa. Signals from either can also be misinterpreted by either party, leading to malfunction.

The most common case of CIPs is a malfunctioning implant. It will simply not operate as meant to and most often it'll not operate at all. This mild form of CIPs is generally not even classified under the condition, even if the causes are the same.

Actual, classified CIPs is only diagnosed when the implant has a negative effect on the host's psyche. While this can take the form of pain, headaches and dizziness, it's far more common for implants to disrupt, distort or even alter a person's perception of the world, leading to altered mental states, trouble sleeping, delusions, paranoia and both auditory and visual hallucinations. Those with cybernetic limbs often exhibit sensory hallucinations of touch and temperature changes. "The skittering of insect feet" is a common descriptor of a sensory hallucination induced by CIPs.

Prognosis

CIPs can generally be treated with anti-rejection drugs, such as Interfacia, anti-depressants and, of course, repair of the malfunctioning implant. If the CIPs is caused from a chemical imbalance in the host brain, several drugs exist to rectify this temporarily until balance is restored.

In a few rare cases, the individual is fundamentally incompatible with contemporary cybernetic technology, and their only option is to either remain on drugs forever, or have the implant removed.

Chromies

It's a common belief that excessive cybernetic alteration in itself causes CIPs, but so far, few studies have been able to deliver any kind of solid and reliable data in that direction. Established facts include a markedly increased risk of CIPs with additional implants added, but so far, no general increase risk from multiple implants exists.

There's nothing that points to the fact that extreme modification always leads to CIPs, only that the risk increases because of the multitude of implants that could malfunction. Multiple implants also put undue strain on the nervous system and that could contribute to CIPs developing, but again, these are theories, not hard facts.

Origin
Engineered
Cycle
Chronic, Acquired
Rarity
Uncommon
Affected Species

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