- Oct 15, 2014
Just wondering if anyone who has had a psychotic episode remembers a unique event which raised the red flag before it got into full swing
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i had difficulties & stuff go on from childhood & up to the point of what first happened - But it was instant - i went into a totally extreme/non-ordinary state - like the Universe had been turned inside out - i can't describe it - it made hallucinogenics seems like nothing. It changed everything.Did it just hit you like a train? I remember a very distinct event when i lost complete control of my body for about 30 seconds and my brain felt like it was being fried. I was still conscious but was although my body was in autopilot and the surroundings went very weird.
It is like existing in an entirely different reality - But maybe it is?I too felt the whole universe had been flipped. I felt how i saw the world and understood the universe my whole life was completely wrong, and felt everyone else was living blind. I could not explain it to anyone, at times the world seemed so beautiful, almost like a computer simulator, holographic. But at other times it was terrifying, overwhelmingly and like a night mare. I do think stress is a massive factor before an episode hit. Can you take positives of what u went through or do you wish it never happened?
Tricky one - what's reality? There's the consensus 5 sense/3rd dimensional/materialistic reality, most seem to refer to - is that all there is?Do you think that psyhcosis can be explained as a disconnection from reality?
Still don't know what the real difference is between schizophrenia & shamanism? i don't think many of the so called experts do understand. There are a myriad of ways of understanding these experiences other than illness & other than with biomedical psychiatry.And also, do you think that it should not be looked at as an illness but something which people even experts dont understand in the slightest which is why its deemed a and addressed as an illness?
Yea, i feel the same way with it all, always have done. i think it's hard to impossible to know exactly what the inner World & experiences are of other people, but i think there can be similarities.Dude i completely agree with you. For the past year i have thought that i was alone in interpreting an episode differently to how the doctors tried telling me what was happening with. The 5 senses are not all there is to the universe and i feel going through an episode really proved that to me. After it all happened, it raised a massive question for me. What is reality? I think no1 has the answer, just different opinions. Perception i feel has a massive effect on the world around us. In a way i feel privileged to have been able to experience and see the world and universe in a complete different way.
I assume you sort of feel the same way about psychosis or was your experience different to mine?
i take a low dose of an anti-psychotic. Feel i could have been & could be better helped - But it's as it is. i think there is a valid role for the wise use of medications, but i disagree with the primary focus on labels & drugs - ideally i'd like to see far more comprehensive psychological, social & spiritual support approaches. A humane & holistic treatment. i see things as involving mind/body/soul/environment - each area should be addressed.What are your views on medication for mental illness? (i do not like calling it illness)
Yes I was very paranoid, had a lot of paranoid delusions but the more I think about it, they were linked into perceptual changes. I did feel that people were following me and that I had been targeted and I was obsessed with the idea I was being drugged via an implant in my body. I could feel it moving around like a worm.So yours was more a paranoia? But that raises questions, what are hallucinations? If the brain is making you hear or see something, then who is a doctor to say it is not real? After all the brain is responsible for everything we feel, hear, see, smell and taste, so if the brain is making your hear or see something, then it must be real? How do we define real?