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The most important person in my life is going through a psychotic episode. I need help.

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D-Iwon

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The most important person in my life is going through a psychotic episode. I need help.

Hello,
Someone really important to me is currently suffering from a psychotic episode. The same thing happened last year as it was drug induced the first time, and this time it was due to him completely quitting marijuana. His life was going better than ever after that first episode which lasted a few months, and now it is all crumbling under our feet again. He's seeing the psychiatrist and has been prescribed risperidone. The issue is that he is constantly getting himself into the cycle of trying to answer unanswerable questions about the universe and god and just being, kind of like what is the meaning of life. There are times where he seems okay but then it changes within minutes and he will get into his own head, as if he's trying to have a conversation but without any words, and it can sometimes take him a few minutes to respond to what you say. He has started to catch himself when he begins to overthink and think too deep, and will stop himself or kind of signal me to change the topic. And when he bursts out laughing for no reason he says that he isn't actually laughing and that's not his laugh. His family and I are at a loss, so I was wondering if there are any tips on how to snap him out of his thinking cycles, and how to build a positive mindset (which he often has) that sticks. This is so tough on everyone and we are all so worried. This is someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and that's the way it was going, and now there's been a U-turn and I often find myself being nearly broken up with. Please help.

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Hi. It's seems to be very individual for people, in how they cope, recover, heal & resolve things.

There are varying different paths / prognosis for psychosis.

i've had similar stuff - for me i went far far deeper into it all to look for answers.

i don't know what's healthy / unhealthy for different people?

i kind of concluded a working philosophy / cosmology that to me makes sense.

A gentle / simple mindfulness / contemplative practise i feel can help. We all have to learn to live with & manage things.
 
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Here is a book / talk on working with people experiencing psychosis -

Beyond Belief: Tamasin Knight | Madness Radio

There are literally thousands upon thousands of web sites, articles, books & health professionals / survivors concerning the subject of working through & healing from psychosis.

A lot i think depends on how the individual & the people around the individual wants to address things?
 
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It's pretty difficult. When I was having my psychosis I was helped by baths and showers, and I would have several a day. Walking in nature would help too, a little. But most ordinary grounding techniques wouldn't fully engage me, and so they would not help much.

Often what they do in closed wards is provide more engaging activities, like adult colouring books which require some concentration, or puzzles. Certainly what I found from spending time at a therapeutic day community here was that manual labour which requires some focus, like in a woodworking shop where you are cutting, sanding and painting most of the day, was also pretty good.

So you could try and find something similar, the therapeutic community that I went to was on the whole very useful and good at helping people who did not suffer from violent impulses recover.
 
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