some people who have never experienced psychosis have a very poor understanding of what it is. some people associate it with danger, but in all honesty, people who are experiencing psychosis are more likely
to do damage to themselves. i had my first experience with psychotic symptoms when i was 17, and in depression - this was an extremely scary time for not only me, but those around me. since then i’ve experienced psychosis with around half of the episodes i have had, mania and depression, sometimes mild, sometimes quite extreme. not knowing what i was hearing/thinking was not real, made my symptoms worse. people would tell me that the beliefs i had were false, but i just couldn’t understand. when i was low, the psychotic symptoms mostly came in the form of voices, which would instruct me and comment on things that made me feel bad. when i was high, it was mostly delusions of which i would think i was better than everyone else, but not in a normal way - not going into too much detail.
i was recently admitted to hospital due to mania, which thankfully was a super brief admission as i stabilised quickly - after a month. i have been on antipsychotics since i was 17; risperidone, aripiprazole, now quetiapine and i am nowhere near ashamed of that, i need medications to stay healthy as much as anyone else does for physical symptoms. i just wish people had a better understanding of mental health issues, there is so much stigma which really should be replaced with awareness. - 57 minutes ago