What is delusional disorder? The quick answer: delusional disorder is diagnosed when a person has one or more delusions over a one month period or longer. Delusions Delusions are complex beliefs that are all-encompassing but false, and they don't change even when presented with proof to the contrary. For example, a man might have a… Continue reading Delusional Disorder
Many people hear things that others can’t hear. These are called hallucinations, but for the person hearing them, they're real. Sometimes the voices can be terrifying. They're belittling and constant and overwhelming. They can be so loud it's hard to ignore them. Occasionally they even tell the person to do dangerous things. Voices aren't always… Continue reading Psychosis: dealing with the voices
Perhaps your doctor diagnosed you (or someone you care about) with schizoaffective disorder. Your first thought is, "Does that mean I have Schizophrenia?" The second is typically, "I've never heard of schizoaffective disorder. Is the doctor making things up?" The quick answers: No, you don't have Schizophrenia. No, your doctor isn't inventing the diagnosis. Although… Continue reading Schizoaffective Disorder
Good family support and friendship are vital for helping individuals with Schizophrenia or psychosis, but it isn’t always clear how loved ones can help. Where do you start? What can you do? Here are some tips at helping someone with psychosis. 1-Educate yourself about the disorder. Do online research and talk to your loved one's… Continue reading Nine tips for family and friends of someone with Schizophrenia
It's a good idea for anyone with a mental health condition to have a crisis plan at the ready, an outline for dealing with rough moments. The best time to write a crisis plan is when you’re doing well. As you sit down and try to pull a plan together, consider what kinds of activities and services you sought out in… Continue reading Personal Crisis Plan: Getting Through The Hard Times
Despite the fact that 1.5% of the world's population has this illness, it’s still little understood by the general public. Contrary to popular belief, Schizophrenia isn’t the same thing as multiple personality disorder. But if it isn't multiple personality disorder, then what is it? Schizophrenia in a nutshell If you have Schizophrenia or know somebody… Continue reading Schizophrenia
Understanding Psychosis. "Schizophrenia [like psychosis] cannot be understood without understanding despair." --R.D. Laing According to the latest definition in the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, psychosis is a “fundamental derangement of the mind (as in schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior.” Have… Continue reading Have you ever been told your reality was defective?