Psychosis… What a hell of a state of mind – literally. If you’ve never experienced psychosis or are not aware of it, I encourage you to take a few minutes to continue reading.
“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.” 1
When I do the math as of the date of this post, I sometimes wonder how the hell I am still here – despite the psychological roller coaster I’ve been on for the last 33 years, 3 months and several days of this human condition. An important lesson I’ve learned is to PAUSE… This mental reminder has no association with any existing idea or movement – it is my own way of reconnecting myself with cognitive awareness: also known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) 2 & 3
It can take a considerable amount of time and energy each time you have to reboot your mind and reconsider everything you can remember (and challenging each memory) to begin to regain your sanity; then again what exactly is sanity? However, sadly there are too many people that never reconnect and the laws of entropy kick-in.
Well, sanity is a funny thing – losing it doesn’t mean you’re crazy, rather, it means your ability to tap into reasonable and rational behaviours is corrupted (similar in a sense to the corruption of a computer hard-drive); and much like a computer, with the right tools and knowledge you can recover your reasonable and rational behaviour by rebooting your mind through cognitive and/or dialectical behaviour therapy. 4
Whichever path towards recovery you take, if you find yourself struggling at the beginning of your day, remember this:
For the next couple of posts I’m going to keep them short – brevity isn’t something that is easy to accomplish when you tend to analyze topics from what seems like infinite perspectives; is that the grandiosity shining through or genuine ability? Again, for another post, on another day!
Also published on Medium.