6 responses to “Recovery From ‘Psychosis’”

  1. Nick Redman

    I totally agree with you Jacqui but I know of people who say that there was no past trauma involved in their ‘psychosis’. I therefore wonder if more subtle life experiences can also contribute to the experience of ‘psychosis…

  2. Michele

    There is no question about the fact that the psychosis is often a symbolic extension of the reality experienced prior to the breakdown. I have experienced breakdowns and this has been the case with me. The trouble is that you are silenced and further alienated when you become a mental patient. Psychiatry is underpinned by fear. I am well on the road to recovery and have learnt some important strategies in living in the “present” moment to enable me to deal with the difficulties that life throws at me. Thank you Jacqui for your wonderful work and for recognising that we are all part of the continuum of our lives and that each of us has our own historical fingerprint. All of this defies the simplistic labelling of people. To have one’s emotions scrutinised and diagnosed is very disempowering. I am now giving myself permission to be myself and I feel so much more in control. I no longer feel always beholden to the wishes of others. This year I turn 53 and I feel that I am turning a positive corner in my life. As I turn the corner, there is a steep hill that I have to climb. The top of the hill represents my full recovery and I am on my way. I live in Sydney, Australia. If I don’t ever get to meet you, I have to say all the very best. I am so pleased I came across your website.

  3. Roelof A Bijkerk

    “Psychosis” is a balancing out. It’s just a wider perspective on life that what would be considered “normal.” It’s also a going back to the source, of finding you have behavioral patterns that are fear based rather than creative, and you can let go of them (embrace that they’re not real, experience that they’re illusion and let go of them); along with that, there’s the opening up to the source and moving beyond fear. And it’s a letting go of fear based, stress based programming; discovering something beyond the grind; that part of you that’s from forever rather than has something to prove.

    The loosening of constrictions, and the allowing of flexibility in what’s called “psychosis,” is something that’s necessary for evolution, evolution of the soul. That freedom is how you find who you always were.

  4. Lynne Fabian

    I read your story Jacqui and it was truly moving and enlightening. There is so much I would like to know but one issue for now: when someone phones a crisis line our only option for people disclosing mental illness is the mental health system/hospital. Perhaps I will see if the Hearing Voices Support Network is on our database; I just thought of it then. I wish you all the very best for the future.

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