living with psychosis disorder
Surprisingly often, people notice or hear things that others miss, or even adopt opinions that other people would find strange. One in ten people claim to have seen paranormal activity at least once in their lifetime, according to statistics. You may be experiencing psychosis if you continue to have experiences like this in a way that upsets you and keeps you from living the life you want.
What is psychosis?
do i have psychosis disorder?
You may perceive reality differently from those around you if you have psychosis. The majority of individuals who experience psychosis talk about having peculiar views that differ from others’ and seeing or hearing things that others might not. A wide range of experiences that can be brought on by psychosis include:
being able to hear voices or sounds that nobody else can.
being able to perceive, sense, smell, and taste things that others cannot.
struggling to focus and think.
Struggling to do usual daily activities such as working, studying, or caring for yourself.
Feeling disconnected. (You may not feel emotions as strongly as you used to)
Acting strangely or unpredictable. (Your behavior might seem unusual to others)
Holding unusual thoughts or beliefs that others around you do not share.
Please take note that every person who develops psychosis does it in a unique way; some only experience a few symptoms, while others experience all of them
The triggers and vulnerability factors of Psychosis
What makes you vulnerable to psychosis?
There is no single cause for psychosis. Some things that make you more likely to experience psychosis include:
Psychosis disorder: People who experience psychosis have often had experiences of trauma in their lives, particularly during childhood.
Stressful life experiences: Symptoms of psychosis often start during periods of stress.
Relationships: Difficulties in your relationships can contribute to the development of psychosis.
Drugs: Drugs, particularly cannabis, have been linked to experiences of psychosis. You may experience psychosis during and after taking drugs.
Living in urban environments: Some research has shown that living in an inner-city area can lead to some people developing psychosis.
Genes: Some evidence suggests that there may be genes which make you likely to develop psychosis, but there is a lot of debate about this, as it is hard to separate the impact of your genes from your environment.
What triggers an experience of psychosis?
When symptoms of psychosis develop, there is usually an event that started the experience, called a trigger. Trigger events can be split into two groups:
Internal triggers occur within your mind or body.
What internal triggers might feel like:
“I started hearing a voice within my head that criticized what I was doing
“I started smelling and seeing smoke”
“I kept having thoughts that didn’t feel like my own”
External triggers are situations or experiences outside of yourself, which you perceive as threatening or dangerous.
What external triggers may feel like:
“I saw a group of people talking and laughing on the street together”
“I had an argument with my girlfriend”
“Someone at the supermarket stared at me in a funny way”
You might suppose these experiences all sound quite normal. You would be right – lots of us have experiences like these without being daunted by them.
- Keep away from criticizing or blaming the person for their psychosis or the actions related to their psychosis.
- Keep away from denying or arguing with them about their reality “That doesn’t make any sense!
- Don’t take what they say personally.
- Do not directly confront them.
- talk clearly and use short sentences, in a calm and non-threatening voice.
- be empathetic with how the person feels about their beliefs and experiences.
- validate the person’s own experience of frustration or distress, as well as the positives of their experience.