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Cherry88

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Had a brief episode of psychosis, suffering with feeling emotionally flat and depression like symptoms. Has anyone tried the alpha stim machine and is it worth giving it a go if I have suffered a brief break from reality
 
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not totally sure what it is. It probably has pro's and con's - if the pro's are good enough then its worth a shot!
 
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Have a google seems like an interesting bit of kit

Has many positive reviews, no mention of peeps with psychosis episodes.

On a side note, I am doing well but finding it difficult when talking with people, tripping over my words, focusing and absorbing what they are saying. Im focusing inward and worried about myself which means I am struggling at work etc. Is this a symptom of psychosis or depression etc. Dont know if that makes sense
 
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Looks nice, but I am not convinced yet. Similar to a Tens machine I guess but for the head. I don't know how much it costs, but probably not willing to buy one at the minute.

Could you be going through a stressy period? It can make psychosis worse.
 
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Its a similiar concept the main difference it relieves psychological symptoms, i will give it a try. Its expensive but some clinics near by to try it out first.

Not a stressy period, this is all new to me i was going through a massive amount of stress ended up with my first episode and was hospitalized. I have been out 2 months not currently on meds, but things have changed since then a little.
 
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Will be interested to see how you fare with it. Report back with your findings.

Surprised your not on meds. Is that your choosing?
 
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Will keep you posted. I would say I was more or less content and happy before my episode, which imo was triggered by a stressful event. Im now dealing with the trauma of being in hospital and getting to that stage in the first place considering the focus was placed on medicating me rather than discussing events leading up to the episode.

Yes it is of my choosing and tbf I am doing okay, just going through bouts of being emotionally flat, lack of interest and motivation, going through something like that has changed my fluffy reality of life. But I am taking it slow and understand it will take a while to fully recover.

I am in contact with the MH team and have been referred to CBT-p to make sure I am staying well.
 
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If you can manage without meds then all power to you. You do appear to be quite clued up on what is going on.

What you are feeling is negative symptoms. In psychosis, you have positive and negative symptoms. Positive are hallucinations, delusions, paranoia etc. Negative symptoms are apathy, depression, flat feeling etc.
 
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Thank you, its been 9 weeks so far and long may it continue.

It seems they are negative symptoms. From being a big talker and having an opinion on everything to what I feel now is taking some getting over and makes it more obvious to colleague and friends who dont know whats happened that somethings changed.

Its not easy, esp as I assumed my life would spring back to "normal" as soon as I felt better.
 
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Thank you, its been 9 weeks so far and long may it continue.

It seems they are negative symptoms. From being a big talker and having an opinion on everything to what I feel now is taking some getting over and makes it more obvious to colleague and friends who dont know whats happened that somethings changed.

Its not easy, esp as I assumed my life would spring back to "normal" as soon as I felt better.
It could be a one off episode. You have identified the trigger, it is about managing your condition to avoid such things in the future whereever possible.

yes it is not easy. Take it slow. There is no shame in asking for help or even meds if you need too.
 
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For money sake, I sure hope the electrode pads of the sim machine are re-usable.
 
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It can easily take a year or more for post-psychosis symptoms to vanish. Congrats to managing off meds, I tried that but had a relapse after about six months.
 
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Its a small price if it works
 
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