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Confused about what pyschosis means?

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mattypickle

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Hi, new to this forum, I'm supporting a 38 year old man with EUPD, psychosis and clinical depression. I came here to see if i could pick up any tips. Been supporting him (a neighbour) since i found him in the street, off his meds, and having a fight with his wheelie bin. About 8 weeks. He is exhausting sometimes, but I won't give up on him.

I read what you said about communicating with animals - funnily enough you may be interested to know that my border collie has formed an incredible bond with this man, and I've just realised that the dog is tracking and responding to Matt's frequent mood swings. So I do believe we can communicate with animals, and they communicate with us. I also believe only a true animal lover can achieve this, and all animals know if we love them or hate them don't they? They also know when there is something up with us, and I would think these old horses are picking up on your feelings too, and that's whats creating this bond for you with them. You enjoy it.
 
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Hi mattypickle

:welcome: to the forum

I suffer with bipolar, and I have a very special bond with my dog. I truly believe animals have an extra sensory perception ( I also believe that we as humans had it at one time, but it has been lost as we have lost touch with this side of our nature). My dog can sense better than anyone when I feel down, agitated or high.

I think it is wonderful that you are supporting this gentleman. It is very exhausting being a carer, but please use this site as a sanctuary, to come and let off steam, should you need to, look for advice and support.

We are all here for you.

Take Care

Angie
 
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Thank you Matty xx

BipolarBear -
Yes, as Calypso says if your beliefs become anyway out of control & you feel you may cause yourself or others harm, please seek help. x
 
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Thank you angelbib, oh yes, I will need help alright!

We've already locked horns once, I'm ready for it next time. Its like having a late teenager in tow! But I have the time and hopefully the patience. We've just managed to stop him getting evicted from his council flat because of this condition, and I've twigged that nothing seems to go right for EUPD sufferers, so to help him win was probably what caused him to form this bond with me. Coupled with having to nurse him back to health whilst he readjusted to his meds (he really was very very ill) I also realise that EUPD sufferers have incredible trust issues.

We'll tootle along he and I, no romance or anything like that, I'm far too old for him! So he accepts the friendship for what it is, which is good for a start! I have his meds (chaotic cannot manage them), he can come in to me when ne needs to and i make sure i visit him (well I have to to dish out his meds) so he doesn;t feel "dumped". I've addressed the eating problem by cooking for him until he gets a cooker, (he pays up each week no problem). We go to his GP once a week. I help him keep his flat clean, and take very slow steps to get him to do just a little bit more for himself. I prompt him about personal hygiene. We've actually mastered the concept of the recycling bin and the wheelie bin. I let him get on with all his little "oddities" - they are harmless, and part of him, and he's not all bad. When he is low and moody, and telling me I don't understand i tell him to make me understand and this usually gets him talking about what has upset him rather than keeping it in and getting lower and lower. I force him out for a hike (4 -5 miles) once a week. Next week we will be tackling finances - god help us!

I sense ( I may be wrong) that he fears being abandoned, and I've been very careful to assure him that whatever little improvements we make over time, I don't intend to abandon him because of them. I also sense he is overwhelmed by life, but lord knows what we'll do about that one!

Well, I hope I am getting this right, but of course the only people who could tell me are those EUPD sufferers out there. All comments and tips very welcome.
 
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^ I think that the World could do with more people like you. Can you come round my flat as well?
 
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After reading that - you are going to be flooded with offers like Apo's! :D

You are an amazing, kind human being - just please be aware of your boundaries. It can be very draining, reach out for help if YOU need it. Make sure you get some good quality 'me' time.

Take Care

Angie
 
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One at a time! It's knackering!
 
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I realise about boundaries - and certainly about "me" time. Most definitely both are needed, because, joking apart, it is mentally tiring. But out of it I have a very intelligent friend, who just happens to be a little different, but hey, every one is different.

I have someone to play scrabble with, and if he wipes the floor with me over this once more, there's going to be another stand off!

He hasn't had a drink for months now, but he does have a problem with amphetamines, from time to time, I'm not even going to knock him for that because I feel it is not up to me to dictate to a 38 year old man about things like this. What I have worked out is that if I tell him that this is not something that I am ever going to do, and why (health etc), and that I worry he makes himself ill with it (psychosis) not very long after our little "talk" he makes a very concerted effort not to go and buy it. He has setbacks, but I see he is trying at least and there's a start. Better I think that he works out for himself what is bad for him. We'll get there.

I actually enjoy his company, and when we go walking, I listen to what he is going on about - and despite what he thinks, its not all rubbish - its just a bit muddled and askew.

Glad to have found somewhere nice like this, so I can check I'm getting it right from time to time!
 
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Well, I'm glad for your friend, that he has found someone like you!!
I'm sure you will get there! Sounds like you have a friend for life now. I'm so happy you enjoy each others company.

Angie
 
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