Psychosis: blogs and stories

People can be scared by the word 'psychosis'. It turns out that using that word, thanks to the media, tends to make people think you’re a serial killer. (Henry)
Psychosis is nothing like a badger >>

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Personal blogs about living with psychosis

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of psychosis. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Find out more about the symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis from MindRethink Mental Illness and the NHS.

What I needed was to be able to talk to someone

In November 2011 I was diagnosed with Bi polar Affective and along with my family have battled the condition since, It wasn’t long after I had gone through my first psychotic episode that I had re-established a sense of reality and re-discovered my ability to think rationally. There was, however, so much more besides my sanity that I had to regain, with which tablets could not help me, in order to make a full recovery. I had lost all hopes and aspirations for the future, my self-confidence was shattered and at an all time low and I felt extremely lonely and isolated.

Even people I don't know have been supportive when I tell them I have schizophrenia

AliceAlthough I live with a mental illness called schizophrenia, I have been extremely fortunate that I have been blessed with such an amazing group of friends. I have also been able to rely on, at times, extreme generosity and kindness from strangers in some of my most difficult times.

My mother has kept speaking to me, her daughter: the one beneath the mental health issues

Juliette BurtonIt’s not easy living with mental health problems. But I know it isn’t easy for my friends or family either.

My mother is my longest and most constant support. From the first moment I was diagnosed to this day, she has had faith. Faith in me.

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