This psychosis recovery inventory is aimed to help learn when one may be entering psychosis. My partial recovery story began in 2008. This was when I was first put on anti-psychotics for schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder. Anti-psychotics did stop the most annoying positive symptoms, mainly auditory and tactile hallucinations. But it did not stop the delusions, which have guided my every move the past 16 years up until recently.
The truth is that when one is psychotic, one cannot tell what reality truly is. Only now that I am in full remission (thanks to kratom, an herbal supplement & anti-psychotics), I am living in reality. I have realized that I have been psychotic with a few notable full psychotic breaks throughout the past 16 years. It is a story that must be told for others to recognize that anti-psychotics may not be enough. In the photo above I was stoned on weed and psychotic. I do not recommend anyone with propensity for psychosis to smoke weed in any form. Read here for more about Victoria.
This has been an incredibly difficult 16 years. It is only in being relieved of psychosis, that I can create an inventory to serve as detecting psychosis.
This blog is to also serve as a guide of reference for me and anyone with suspected psychotic symptoms. The first step towards recovery is recognition, so please take the first step for you or a loved one.
Psychosis Recovery Guide
These are the suggested steps I have found useful when deciding if I am psychotic or not.
This guide is not to serve as a replacement for medical treatment. I am not a doctor and am not giving medical advice of any sort. I do have a Master’s Degree in Psychology, which I received post diagnosis. Currently retired on disability (which may change) and have worked with many psychotic people, including myself.
Please remember that it is best to use this guide with the help of a trusted friend or supportive family. Do not do it alone, if possible. If one is psychotic, the need for psychiatric care is probable and might need to get help sooner rather than later.
One new resource in the United States that has come to my attention since publishing this inventory is a Treatment Facility in South Jersey. It is not often (if ever) that I recommend a treatment facility, but I feel that this facility is very helpful for people with symptoms of Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders. See this blog for more information about them or feel free to check them out at the link highlighted above.
Before beginning inventory
Of upmost importance. If any of these first three symptoms are present- get yourself to the ER or hospital immediately for psychiatric evaluation!
- Suicidal with a plan, history of suicide attempt or if someone close to them who committed suicide in the last 6 months
- Homicidal with a plan or past history of trying to harm someone
- Any elder or child abuse present in their lives
The rest of these symptoms if present may indicate psychosis:
- Hallucinations of any type- auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory (smell)
- Delusions present- any strange belief system that the majority of the population do not believe to be true
- Being on a mission especially with urgent actions (for example- emails, texts, ocd like traits, giving away money, and/or any delusions of grandeur)
- difficulty completing simple tasks and/or disorganized thinking
- Constantly pointing out coincidences in their life (this symptom alone does not necessitate evaluation but only if it goes along with any of the other above symptoms)
- Overtly religious or spiritual talk that are new in nature (this is not to discount that people may have a spiritual awakening; but if it is found with any of the other above symptoms could indicate psychosis)
This list is not exhaustive but may indicate the person should be evaluated by a psychiatric professional as soon as possible.
Reason for this Inventory
On Quora, a question has been coming up asking me to tell the person (that is asking the question) am I psychotic? This led me to create this psychosis recovery inventory! The first step to recovery is getting help, so don’t delay if these symptoms are present in you or that of a loved one.
Back to regular blogging tomorrow with our guest article by Sophie on coping with downsizing and well-being! I will also be covering more on psychosis and how to get help soon.