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These 11 people reveal exactly what it’s like to live with the symptom of psychosis

Anna Gragert
These 11 people reveal exactly what it’s like to live with the symptom of psychosis

Though World Mental Health Day was on October 10th, that doesn’t mean talking about mental health should stop since that day has come and gone. In fact, mental health discussions should happen everyday, to make us more understanding and sympathetic to those who may be dealing with cognitive strife.

That’s exactly why we’re currently working to learn more about psychosis. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this symptom (not illness) is characterized by “disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t.” At some point in their lives, as many as three out of every 100 people will experience a psychosis-related episode. These are just a few accounts explaining what that is like…

(Courtesy of Whisper.)

1.

It's terrifying hallucinating everyday in my classes and having to pretend I'm not. Having psychosis and not being able to tell anyone is a fucking nightmare.
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I was diagnosed with psychosis as a teenager, but that does not make me a murderer or dangerous. I simply had an illness that needed to be treated and now I'm 95% myself again.
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3.

I have psychosis. I don't believe this world is real. Secretly, I think the psychosis diagnosis is because they're scared that I've discovered the truth.
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Since my friends found out about my psychosis they've not bothered with me once and go out of their way to avoid me.
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5.

I have psychosis. Last week I was convinced my skin was melting. Last night nothing could shake my belief that the government is doing testing on my brain. ...I am so tired of this. ..
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6.

Just because I have psychosis doesn't mean I am automatically wrong. What I tell you really can happen!
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I have psychosis and right now it's getting really difficult for me to distinguish between reality and my imagination
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I have psychosis and my delusions are starting to weigh down my partner heavily. I feel so guilty...
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I have psychosis and I hate how everyone acts as if I'm the most terrifying thing ever. All I do is hallucinate and sleep all day
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10.

I have psychosis that causes me to experience auditory and visual hallucinations but my family doesn't believe in mental disorders.
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Yes, I have psychosis. No, I'm not a psychopath. I'm not dangerous. I've never (and will never) hurt anyone. I'm just sick and I've had shitty things happen to me. I'm a good person.
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Ultimately, mental health matters.

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