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Living With A Psychosis Disorder

Updated on August 28, 2019
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Monica was diagnosed with psychosis disorder in 2018 and 2019. She has experienced a lot of the symptoms associated with this disorder.

Insanity is a very lonely and empty existence - it’s painfully true. They may laugh and smile, and skip and dance, but behind all the faces there is hollowness like a bottomless pit. The living dead, depression is a terrible illness, so is psychosis, the mentally inflicted beyond cure.

— Stephen Richards

Living in a Different World

Many people don't understand how emotionally painful and mentally draining this disorder can cause. The two major symptoms are:

  1. hallucinations - Medically defined as seeing, hearing, and possibly smelling things that are not real.

  2. Delusion - A belief or impression that something is real, or happening despite that other people feel that it is not realistic or accepted.

Seeing things, hearing things, and feeling things that other people around you do not hear, see, or feel can make a person feel isolated and lonely which usually adds to getting other disorders such as depression or paranoia.

My Personal Experience With Psychosis Disorder

For me personally, I only heard voices twice and only after I had been diagnosed. The first time I heard a voice, the voice was mean and cruel, tearing me down, saying horrible things about me.

The second voice was a guide. I was homeless sleeping in the ditch it was raining hard, and there was thunder and lightening. Mosquito's were constantly biting me.

The voice was more like a guide. The voice-guided me throughout the night. Talking to me, telling me to hold on and that soon it would be dawn and the mosquito's would stop biting, and I would be okay. I did get some rest that night in spite of the storm and mosquitoes. I woke up rested and healthy.

Psychotic hallucinations, whether they are visual or vocal, they address you. They accuse you. They seduce you. They humiliate you. They jeer at you. You interact with them.

— Oliver Sacks

Feeling Alone in Your Own World


I realize that I live on the bubble of insanity. I feel the weight of human suffering, loneliness, and despair on me all the time. It's not getting easier; if anything, it's always right on the edge of my skin.

— Erwin McManus

There Are At Least 7 Different Psychotic Disorders

According to Web MD and Medicine net, there are at least seven different psychotic disorders. I have identified seven of them in which I have personally experienced 3 of them.


1. Brief

This usually comes suddenly and lasts for just a few weeks. when this affliction occurs the individual is at high risk for violent or suicidal behavior. Although this can happen at any age, the majority of the cases usually occur around the person's twenties or thirties.

2. Shared

Although this is rare a healthy person will share in the same delusions or hallucinations that the person with the disorder has.

3. Delusional

Delusional Disorder is exactly what the name implies. The person suffers from delusions that is no real evidence that the delusional is real.

4. Schizotypal personality

The person with schizotypal personality disorder usually displays a pattern of odd or eccentric behavior that interferes with how the person functions

5. Schizoaffective

This is a chronic condition that combines psychotic symptoms with mood disorders, such as bi-polar or depressive behaviors.

6. schizophreniform

This is basically short term schizophrenia. This infirmity usually does not last longer than 6 months.

7. Catatonia

Catatonia leaves the awake person unresponsive or lethargic.

Can Psychotic Disorders Be Treated

Although most psychotic disorders don't go away by themselves, the good news is that they can be treated with medication and therapy to prevent symptoms from reoccurring or worsening. Unfortunately, most of the time people with these kinds of afflictions don't even know that they have them until something strange or different happens to them.

It is not easy to get the needed medicine and help that the person needs when they and their loved ones don't recognize or know what to look for. Many people do not get the help they need due to lack of information, or they are too embarrassed or don't remember when the symptoms appear. Most medicines on the market today can help alleviate some of the symptoms to give the person some relief so they are able to function.

Explanation of the Common Medications Used

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7 Healthy Tips to Try to Reduce Your Symptoms

I understand and have experienced physical, emotional, and mental pain. I can't say that I know what you are going through, because everyone's experience is different. I can share some things that have helped me to cope with my illness perhaps some will be helpful to you.

  1. Forgive and be patient with yourself. (For me personally, this took a long time, but was like a magical key once I could forgive myself for my mistakes.)
  2. Watch or read anything that will make you laugh. Laughter truly is great medicine. (I noticed that it is hard to be depressed when I am laughing.)
  3. Only spend time with people that will inspire and appreciate you, just the way you are. (Trying to please other's and trying to be who they want you to be can cause stress, aggravation, and or depression.)
  4. Get a pet if you are physically able or in a situation that you can. Pets can make you smile and laugh. They will never judge you or make you feel bad about yourself. (sometimes just having something around that loves you unconditionally with no judgements can help a lot. Pets do that.)
  5. Do something nice for yourself. ( Just eating a favorite food, or buying your favorite item can lift your spirit and make you feel good about yourself.)
  6. Be patient and forgive others, they may not understand what you are going through or they may be suffering themselves. (Unless you have that specific illness, with the exact same symptoms you don't know how it feels or how bad the suffering is.)
  7. Finally, remember that you are not alone. There are many people suffering from one thing or another. (Everyone suffers something at some point in their lives.)

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

— Carl Jung

To Conclude

There are many different types of psychotic disorders. That range from moderate to severe. Every person experiences the symptoms in different ways. The majority of people who have this disability are not dangerous or violent. They are probably more frustrated and sad that the system and society would rather put a label on them then to advocate for them.

The fact is, that the majority of people who have mental disorders are so lost and trying to understand and cope in their own world, that they don't notice or have time to worry about labeling or demonizing others.

Suffering in Silence

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Monica


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