Psychosis is a mental disorder characterised by abnormal behaviour and a distorted view of reality. A person with psychosis may have hallucinations or delusions.
There are various signs and symptoms that may indicate that someone is experiencing psychosis. Some common symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, abnormal behaviour, and a distorted view of reality. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help.
The movie ‘Smile’ is not specifically about psychosis, but it does explore the topic of mental illness. It tells the story of a girl who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her journey to recovery.
Is Psychosis a form of Schizophrenia?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as psychosis can manifest in many different ways. However, some people with psychosis may be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Some people with psychosis may also experience super-sensory experiences, such as a super-sense of smell, hearing, taste, touch, or sight. These experiences can be very frightening and may further distort a person’s view of reality. Super-sensory experiences are known as hallucinations.
The length of an episode will vary from person to person. However, in general, an episode of psychosis will last for a few weeks or months. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of psychosis, it is important to seek professional help.
Seeking professional help if I think I am experiencing psychosis
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of psychosis, it is important to seek professional help. This includes hallucinations, delusions, abnormal behaviour, and a distorted view of reality. It is important to seek help as soon as possible, as an episode of psychosis can last for a few weeks or months.
There are various professionals who can provide a diagnosis and treatment for psychosis, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses. In Australia, you can see a psychiatrist for a diagnosis of psychosis. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has special training in mental health. They can provide a diagnosis and prescribe medication if necessary.
Counsellors, Psychologist or Psychotherapist supporting me after psychosis
If you have been diagnosed with psychosis, a psychologist or psychotherapist can provide support to help you manage your condition. This may involve individual therapy or counselling, as well as family therapy or support. They can also provide education and advice on how to cope with psychosis and manage your symptoms.
A counsellor can also help you after you have experienced psychosis. They will be able to provide you with support and guidance as you work through your diagnosis. They can also help you to develop strategies for managing your symptoms.
Supporting someone experiencing psychosis
If someone you know is experiencing psychosis, it is important to provide them with support and love. You can help by listening to them, being there for them, and encouraging them to seek professional help. It is also important to stay calm and understanding, as the person may be feeling frightened or confused. You can also offer practical support, such as helping them to get access to mental health services.
Medication helping me after I have experienced psychosis
Medication can often help people who are experiencing psychosis. There are a number of different medications that can be used to treat psychosis, and your doctor will be able to find the best medication for you. It is important to take your medication as prescribed, and to continue taking it even after you start feeling better. This will help to prevent your symptoms from returning.
Your doctor will review your medication as needed, but typically this will happen every few months. It is important to continue taking your medication as prescribed, and to follow up with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Where do I start with therapy?
If you’re interested in starting therapy, the first step is to consult with your doctor or a mental health professional to see if therapy is right for you. Once you’ve decided that therapy is the right option for you, the next step is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and that you feel will be a good fit for your needs.
If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to us here at Cogni Academy to find a therapist most suitable for you. You can also ask your doctor or a mental health professional for referral. Once you’ve found a therapist that you feel comfortable with, the next step is to schedule an appointment and start working on your mental and emotional health.