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A minute on Psychosis

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Generally, psychosis is the experience of disordered thinking, where logical and rational thoughts are overtaken by disturbing thoughts, which then affects the emotions and behaviours of the person.

How you can notice common symptoms in yourself:

  • You start to withdraw from several people you previously enjoyed spending time with and feel that you cannot trust them anymore or attacked by them.

  • People around you start to ask you if you are okay, and perhaps they also suggest your emotional reactions are inappropriate, either because they are lacking or disproportionate (over-blown).

  • You are spending more time using recreational substances and neglecting other aspects of your health, such as eating, bathing and wearing fresh clothing. People around you are likely to point that out to you.

Talk therapy can help someone manage the symptoms of the psychosis they are experiencing and support them to develop tools and strategies to challenge delusions and hallucinations, or better manage their thoughts and emotions. It also presents the opportunity to discover and manage environmental activators, patterns and unconscious behaviours and thoughts which perhaps exacerbate their experience, as well as giving them the opportunity to have someone listen and help with their stress management, either in relation to psychosis directly or other parts of their life that may not be being addressed if the focus is only on management of psychotic symptoms, (as is typical at a clinical level, especially when in crisis, of course). This gives the person a structured and safe opportunity to explore their experience and develop strategies that hopefully begin to shift their life to be at a place where the psychosis they experience is manageable so they can live their life again.

A little background: When I was 19 I became aware a friend started to have symptoms of psychosis. I was the first to notice and immediately contacted his family. This spurred me to understand psychosis further and I do work with clients who experience psychosis (whether diagnosed with schizophrenia or not).

For further assistance to understand whether someone you care about or yourself may be experiencing psychosis, and what you can do, please visit the SANE website and helpline.

Additionally, you may wish to read the collaborated article between SANE and myself here. Authenticity ~ Balance ~ Love

Sophie xo

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