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My cousin got psychosis - 22yo, How do I help?

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AdiDas752

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The biggest question I wanted to ask is if it would be worth it to find a psychosis expert somewhere in the world?
What are the best psychosis experts in the world? Where do I find them? Would they be able to help him at all?
Would the language barrier between him and the expert represent a big problem or are we limited only to the people in our country?
Am I just shooting in the dark with this whole post?

I would be able to obtain any sum of money for this purpose.

Background:

So, my cousin was diagnosed with psychosis and got hospitalized.
Before that he was normal, he used to go out with me and my friends and drink etc.
Everyone noticed for a year or so that he's a bit different, but he was completely able to lead a normal conversation among people.

Recently he was diagnosed and hospitalized away from home and when he came back a couple of days ago, he just stares into nothing, or even the sun, doesn't speak that much and just sits outside for the whole day.

He thinks his whole family is against him and doesn't want to take his meds either.
They say they heard him speak to himself a couple of times in his room, he does hear voices.

I feel really concenred since we were good friends before all of this and I've known him since I was a kid (we're both 22 now).

He doesn't think there's anything wrong with him, he thinks he's completely okay.
During his lifetime he tried LSD but only 2-3 times, ecstasy once every couple of months, marijuana all the time, he tried cocaine maybe once.

The sad part is he always said everything other than marijuana he would take only a couple of times a year because you shouldn't take it often.

Never alone, always with friends who did the same things as him.

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As far as I understood marijuana can do much more harm to certain people in terms of psychosis than any other drugs.
Getting him to a psychiatric hospital would be the start for getting better. For the delusional ideas you can't do anything as part of the family, it would need to get help with some medicines and then you can think about a psychotherapy to discuss those ideas and of course the language could be a barrier. But since psychosis is out there in each country I am sure you can find doctors that know about this, just go first and discuss by yourself about this and get advice.
 
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It is very difficult to help someone in psychosis, because the illness can make a person very contrary. Sometimes my mood would be so different, and no matter what anyone tried to do, it would not make me feel better

I think listening is the key, taking an interest not necessarily trying to solve his problems. When I was psychotic, I just needed to know that someone cared, but what I used to get upset about was when they would constantly tell me I was going to get better because I had no hope at the time and couldn't see it.

People that have psychosis, have lost touch with reality, they believe delusions, can obsess about things but must importantly think they are not the one with the problem and everyone is against them. I speak from experience, I've had it twice.

It really depends on each individual because psychosis affects people very differently.

Hope this helps a little
 
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I have the same thing.

I went to a doctor right at the start because it didn't feel normal.
I took the meds until my grandfather died and when I stopped taking them it was awful, spent 2 years trying to be ok again by myself. I meditated daily, did yoga, tai chi, exercised, brain exercises like learning new skills (music, juggling, drawing, graphic design, writing)...

Two years later I got into Tibetan Buddhism and six moths after ended being reasonable with myself. Went to the doctor because it was hard to study hearing voices, I wanted to go to university.

Now I do treatment in conjunction with mindfulness and compassion. But I still think about leaving the medicine as it makes me numb.
 
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I take 30mg of Aripiprazol and the psychiatrist added yesterday more 10mg of Olanzapine and 50mg of Sertraline.
 
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Ok, I guess you'll have to wait 2-3 weeks to see how it makes you feel..
 
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As far as I understood marijuana can do much more harm to certain people in terms of psychosis than any other drugs.
Getting him to a psychiatric hospital would be the start for getting better. For the delusional ideas you can't do anything as part of the family, it would need to get help with some medicines and then you can think about a psychotherapy to discuss those ideas and of course the language could be a barrier. But since psychosis is out there in each country I am sure you can find doctors that know about this, just go first and discuss by yourself about this and get advice.
Thanks.
He's already hospitalized, since when he was supposed to see his doctor he ran away and the doctor called the institutions which resulted in the police coming to get him. Now he's in a psichiatric hospital in my hometown.
I'm reluctant in beliving state funded health care is able to help him since the first time he was sent to the most known psychtiatric hospital in Croatia he came back 10 times worse than how he was before he went there.
I wasn't able to see him recently since I have college 600 km away but the family says he seems better than when he was home.

Ofcourse I wouldn't let him be home instead of getting help but I was just trying to see if there are world-known experts on this subject.

@missme

Very hard to do since he doesn't really seem to have any interest in conversing with anyone.
He just sits alone and stares at emptiness.
Sometimes laughs to himself etc.
Maybe he's doing better now that they're forcing him to take his meds in the hospital...

@joao
You think meditation helps?

Thank you all for your answers!
I appreciate it!
 
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He will not see the hospitalisation part like a good thing. On the other hand there are standard protocols and he should get the same meds like everywhere else in EU. Don’t worry about that. It’s about what you do next when he gets out, he’ll need a lot of support, love, understanding and patience.
 
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