What is Psychosis?
The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. When someone becomes ill in this way it is called a psychotic episode. During a period of psychosis, a person’s thoughts and perceptions are disturbed and the individual may have difficulty understanding what is real and what is not. Symptoms of psychosis include delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear). Other symptoms include incoherent or nonsense speech, and behavior that is inappropriate for the situation. A person in a psychotic episode may also experience depression, anxiety, sleep problems, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, and difficulty functioning overall.
Psychosis is a term to describe when you experience reality in a different way to other people.
Common examples are hearing voices. Or believing that people are trying to harm you.
Psychosis can be a one-off experience or linked to other conditions.
There is no single cause of psychosis. Researchers believe that environment and genetics may affect who develops psychosis.
You should be offered medication and talking therapy to help with your experiences.
To access treatment for psychosis, you usually need to have an assessment by a specialist mental health service. such as the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
You may need to go to hospital if you are experiencing very distressing psychotic symptoms.
By this top definition in bold Buddha was psychotic and so am I.
I’ll kick this off with some questions.
Is it in any way in the financial interests of psychologists and psychiatrists to expand and extend the number and variance of disorders, syndromes and afflictions, so that they can increase their market?
If someone is making a diagnosis about something sketchily reported in a book nearly two millennia old what does that say about their desire and respect for evidence-based medicine?
I’ll opine that people like to opine. Do you think that my opinion on opining is unwarranted?
Nealy seventy years ago Djwhal and Alice commented on the reappearance of the Christ. This idea must be a tad hard for orthodox canonical Christians because reincarnation is not allowed by canon, it is verboten, interdit.
“Ah but he is God, so the rules don’t apply.”
Others’ have suggested that Joan of Arc was psychotic. It is pretty difficult to just go down the supermarket if you are deeply psychotic let alone run a military campaign.
So, who is to judge what is psychosis and what is real?
Around the world, unless I am mistaken people believe in the notions of Heaven and Hell. Is that real or is that delusional?
I am of the opinion that when people call others “crazy” it is often not a lot more than the pot calling the kettle black.
So much “religious” experience could be deemed “psychotic” by those so oriented.
There have been numerous examples of people claiming divinity or quasi-divinity, some of these have ended with gun fire, poisoning and a whole heap of shagging. Normal people have started wars and killed hundreds of thousands.
I think that delusions of grandeur and not that rare. People who imagine themselves to be “oh so important” forget that we are less than a passing gnat’s fart in the scheme of the planet or the cosmos. Yet if we don’t get our own way, we sulk and we moan. We are so, so important. We have the right to inflict our opinions, our will and our guidance on others.
They should be grateful for all that manna.
I’ll end with a question.
How convinced are you that you own cognitively assembled notions of reality are accurate?