Relevative Prevalence of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

relative prevalenceThe amount of people with schizophrenia comparatively is astonishing.  If bipolar disorder was on this chart then there would be twice as many people than schizophrenia.

Many people have knowledge on diseases like alzheimer’s, MS, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy; but not many have knowledge on mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  More people should know about these mental illnesses because they are comparatively prominent in our society.

If Physical Diseases were Treated like Mental Illness

If Physical Diseases were Treated like Mental Illness

If Physical Diseases were Treated like Mental Illness

This is a fun picture that I came across on the internet. It is not to be taken too seriously. Physical ailments most times cannot be fixed by changing your frame of mind; while part of the treatment with mental illness is achieved through effort and a change of thoughts.

This is the Best Time Yet (To Live with Psychosis)

I am very glad to live in this time period. In this time period, my illness is much easier to live with. A lot of this is because of more public knowledge and modern day medicine.

Before recently, people with this illness would just be locked up in an insane asylum. Bipolar Disorder was not modernly conceptualized until 1854. Schizophrenia was not labeled as a mental disorder until 1887. Before this, many believed that psychosis was caused by demonic possession. Treatment would involve attempted exorcisms. One method of treatment included drilling into the skull to release the demons.

The use for antipsychotics for psychosis was found on accident. Antipsychotics were used as tranquilizers; doctors then observed that the tranquilizers seemed to help psychotic symptoms. This observation was further researched, and the 1950s gave the birth of antipsychotics for treatment of psychosis. Since the 1950s many antipsychotics have been developed, and this will only get better in the future.

This period of time is changing; many people do believe that psychosis is an illness of the brain and not due to demonic possession. Although the stereotype that people with psychosis are violent has not yet been overcome; but with more public education and knowledge this can also be changed.

Original Poem- “It Will All Be Okay” (A Poem about Psychosis)

They’re after me

They’re everywhere

Now what am I to do?

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They’re chasing fast

And set to kill

Somebody please help me

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Stay calm

Breath in, breath out

It will all be okay

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Stay calm

Breath in, breath out

It will all be okay

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A storm has risen within

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Why is this happening to me?

What is it that they want?

Why is this happening to me?

When will it finally stop?

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But I must remember

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Stay calm

Breath in, breath out

It will all be okay

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Stay calm

Breath in, breath out

It will all be okay

Songs about Psychosis

Often times it is good to identify with media.  It makes many people feel understood; it makes many feel that they are not alone.  Here are a few songs identifying with psychosis.  I am trying to make the list compact, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  I have also put the general genre after the title.  If you have any more songs, then feel free to comment!

Psychosis (these do not specify towards a specific illness):

Diary of a Madman (Ozzy Osboure): My favorite part starts at 2:30.  Rock Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLmLAleNZ8E

Am I Going Crazy? (Korn): Rock Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_UMCmNc_jU

The Frayed Ends of Sanity (Metallica): Rock Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNk7OM5OypE

Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Metallica): Rock Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb6yeeWDPQ0

Bipolar Disorder:

All Here (Hollie Sheard):  Soft Rock Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smO6eFK_6D0

Schizophrenia:

Quiet Room (A-Slam):  Rap/Hip-Hop Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoWYrPtJblA

The Schizophrenia Song (Lyrics by Brittany Baughman): Traditional Song Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCUWkQszA_g

Music’s Effect on Psychosis

Music’s Effect on Psychosis

Below is a wordy passage of music’s effects on psychosis.  You can read it if you want, but I have put an easier to understand version here:  Basically it says music can help psychosis in many cases.  It especially helps negative symptoms (flat affect (a person’s face stares off or shows little emotion), lack of pleasure in everyday activities, lack of ability to do normal tasks, speaking much less than a person previously did).  Attending these negative symptoms is important because antipsychotics often times do not help nearly enough.  Try experimenting with music.  Some people identify with a sad song when they are feeling sad.  Others listen to happy music to cheer themselves up.  Pull out some music to listen to, or mess with an instrument yourself.  See what works for you.

Original article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17590966

 

The Mental Health Stigma

The Mental Health Stigma

            When experiencing psychosis; trusting people is not easy.  There is often a sense that people are out to get you and the fear of betrayal is ever present.  With those people possessing psychosis, it is very difficult to talk about the illness, because of the fear of being judged and the negative mental health stigma.  A stigma is a stereotype, this stereotype often says people with depression are weak, and those with schizophrenia are violent.  With this stigma, those that are uneducated about mental diseases may respond hurtfully to those that suffer.  This may take a toll on the sufferer especially because they had to struggle to work up the courage to talk about their mental health.

When I first became ill and talked about it with others, some of the people that I thought were closest to me deserted me.  Some ignored my attempts at conversation, while others told their friends that they feared that I would snap and have a violent outrage.  They really thought I would commit a shooting.  I went to them for support and they abandoned me. Public opinion and the media often link mental illness with violence.  But the truth is that violence is not a symptom of psychosis.

This made me feel like I was the problem.  It made me feel like I did something wrong with my life; whether it be by not taking good enough care of myself or by committing to too many stressors.

I felt like I had to hide the illness from others, this was difficult because it engulfed me. I hid in book stores when reading self-help books.  I hated picking up my medicine from the pharmacy, or telling doctors my medical history.  I was too scared that these people would judge me.

All of these examples are unfortunate, but all too common of a case.  The education on this topic is too shallow, while the levels of disregard are too high.

This negative stigma may not always be from an outside source.  Many times people with psychosis believe that they will never be able to succeed in life or that they may never improve.

Going through this, I had heard that this was an illness that did not fade or improve.  I had heard that people like me “would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, [or] get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.”  I felt like I could no longer do many of the meaningful tasks in life.  People have told me that I could not achieve my dreams while being psychotic.  I was crushed.  I had trouble finding a point to life with this serious prognosis.

But even with all of this, there are several coping mechanisms that have helped me get through the stigma:

  1. Do not blame yourself

Many mental illnesses are based not on what an individual has done wrong, but   upon a chemical imbalance.

2. Try not to take it personally

People make stupid remarks, and this should not be your problem.  It should be    their own problem, and these comments are often based on a lack of education.      You can help by telling your own story.  With being informed they should be able       to make more accurate and understanding comments.

3. Do not think of having a mental illness as being a mental illness.

Do not think “I am depressed”, “I am bipolar”, or “I am schizophrenic”.  The illness is not you and             does not define you.  Instead think “I have depression”, “I have bipolar      disorder”, or “I have schizophrenia”.  When you “have” something it can be taken away, lessened, or controlled (which is the goal with mental illness); while          being something cannot be taken away because it embodies you.

4. You are not alone in this illness.  Get into a support group.

Always remember that you are not alone.  Get support from people that go          through similar problems, they will be understanding since they are going through the same things.

There are successful people with psychosis, so you don’t have to live the negative mental stigma.  Life is not hopeless.  Others have gotten through it with much success; if they can get through it, you can too.

Relaxing Classical Music Part 1

Relaxing Classical Music

Listening to classical music is a form of relaxation.  But there is so much music out there.  I have sifted through a lot of music and I am going to post some of my favorites.  I will post these in segments so that the amount of music will not be overwhelming.

Bach
Cello Suite 1

Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata, Movement 1

Dvorak
Symphony 9, Movement 2

Hello all

Hello all,

I often times experience psychosis, and I am hoping to help people who are experiencing similar problems. I have started this page for people that suffer from psychosis; whether it is for those directly having psychosis, to loved ones, or anybody that wishes to search for something encouraging. I hope to make this a place of anecdotes, support, and information.

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