Psychosis

Psychosis


Information
How Can I Help Someone With Psychosis (AUS) – Recognising the problem may have been difficult, as it is easy to mistake early psychosis for the normal ups and downs that young people go through.  You have lots of questions and may not know what to do next.  You want to help, but are not sure how.

Links
EPPIC – Early Psychosis and Prevention Information Centre (AUS) – EPPIC is a specialist early psychosis clinical program within ORYGEN Youth Health.  ORYGEN is an organisation that consists of a specialist youth mental health service, a research centre, and education, health promotion, and advocacy activities.  The main goal of ORYGEN is to integrate knowledge gained from clinical practice and research activities to implement and advocate for high quality mental health services for young people.
GROW (NZ) – GROW is a voluntary association of people who know they are inadequate or maladjusted to life (mentally, socially or spiritually), who earnestly desire to change and are helping one another to grow to personal maturity.  GROW meetings are typically formed by a group of 5 to 9 people who meet weekly for two hours followed by some refreshments.  They combine personal testimonies, reports on progress, group work on members’ problems and adult education about rebuilding lives.  Between meetings they keep in touch through friendly phone calls and organised socials.  There is no need for referral and participation is voluntary.  Meetings are confidential and anonymous – members know one another by first names only.  No fees are charged and a small donation to meet necessary expenses is voluntary.
Psychosis Sucks(CAN) – This site promotes early detection, educates about psychosis and provides direction for seeking help.  The main objectives of the EPI Program are to increase understanding of psychosis, decrease stigma associated with having this disorder and provide direct treatment.
Rethink (GB) – Our aim is to make a practical and positive difference by providing hope and empowerment through effective services, information and support to all those who need us.  People who use our services and their carers are at the heart of our vision and we believe that all those who experience severe mental illness are entitled to be treated with respect and as equal citizens.  We carry out research which informs both our own and national mental health policy and actively campaign for change through greater awareness and understanding.  And we are dedicated to creating a world where prejudice and discrimination are eliminated.
St Lukes Community Mental Health Centre (NZ) – We are a small specialist team that works as part of St Lukes Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC).  We provide support to people between the ages of 18 and 35 who are experiencing a first ‘psychotic episode’ and who live in the catchment area for our mental health centre.
Totara House (NZ) – Totara House is a specialist multidisciplinary service for young people (aged 18-30) who live in Christchurch (New Zealand) and are experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

Understanding Psychosis
A comprehensive guide for families about Psychosis from The Werry Centre.  ‘The best way to describe Psychosis (or a Psychotic Episode) is like losing contact with reality.  Your mind plays tricks on you & you experience unusual thoughts, perceptions (especially seeing & hearing) & feeling (emotions).  This might also make us behave differently than we do when we’re not experiencing symptoms.’

Young Man on Being Diagnosed With Psychosis
A 17-year-old San Francisco high school student named Andrew showed signs of paranoia and early psychosis. Spencer Michels talked to Andrew, and his mother Simone, about the trials he faced coming to terms with his diagnosis
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A blog by Daniel Fisher, M.D., P.H.D in which he talks about his own experience of psychosis and explores the idea of  Open Dialogue. ‘At that moment I felt I understood why the Open Dialogue description of psychosis makes sense. The Finnish developers of Open Dialogue (Seikkula, et al,2006) describe psychosis as monologue. They say that the healthy state of living is to be engaged in an ongoing dialogue with significant people in your social network. Through stress and trauma, sometimes a person in the social network may feel overwhelmed and as a result retreat into monologue.
An article on alternative treatments for schizophrenia from The Guardian newspaper Imagine that, after feeling unwell for a while, you visit your GP. “Ah,” says the doctor decisively, “what you need is medication X. It’s often pretty effective, though there can be side-effects. You may gain weight. Or feel drowsy. And you may develop tremors reminiscent of Parkinson’s disease.” Warily, you glance at the prescription on the doctor’s desk, but she hasn’t finished. “Some patients find that sex becomes a problem. Diabetes and heart problems are a risk. And in the long term the drug may actually shrink your brain … “
Like Minds newsletter from 2013 featuring a story on Schizophrenia.
Comedian Joshua Walters, who’s bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental “skillness.” In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What’s the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Phil Borges, filmmaker has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures for over 25 years. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. Phil’s recent project Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness and mental illness.
“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Hearing Voices & Self Help

This guide has been written as an introduction to this different way of thinking about “hearing voices”. Hearing voices can be a very disturbing experience, both for the person who hears voices and family and friends. To date, very little has been written about this experience and its meaning, usually it is regarded as a symptom of a mental illness and is not talked about because it is a socially stigmatising experience.
The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ – Te Reo Orooro is an Independent Registered Charity made up of: Voice Hearers’ Friends and Family, Caregivers, Mental Health Workers and Concerned Citizens. As an incorporated Society we have established rules and aims, and are run by our members voted in committee. Membership is available to anyone who would like to be part of our network.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will not cure or treat the underlying cause of the delusions or hallucinations (most commonly voices), but can help you deal with the distress associated with them.  This self help guide assumes that you are already receiving treatment from an appropriate mental health professional or doctor.
Information from the ReThink Mental Illness Website UK. ‘Hearing voices can be different for everyone. The voice itself can be one you know or one you’ve never heard. It can be female, male, in a different language, or have a different accent to the one you’re familiar with. The voice may whisper, shout or be conversational. You might just hear occasional words or phrases. You might hear voices every now and then, or all of the time.’
Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
A link to the events calendar at The Mental Health Foundation outlining workshops and training opportunities.