If you have a mental health condition, then you might be at risk of entering a state of psychosis.
Psychosis is defined in a somewhat vague manner as the state that somebody is when their ability to reason is subverted by disturbed thoughts with the possibility of delusions and/or hallucinations. Needless to say, this is a state of being that most people should strive to avoid at all times.
The tips and tricks below will help ensure that you and your loved ones are capable of preventing psychotic episodes associated with mental illnesses.
Psychosis Can Have Disastrous Effects
For one thing, psychosis can be deadly. In the case of Bipolar patients, psychotic states can quickly give way to suicidal ideation. The same can be said for patients suffering from any number of mental illnesses. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of all suicides are committed by people suffering from at least one mental illness.
While suicide might be the most severe consequence of unchecked psychosis, other problems may arise as well, such as any number of the following: massive spending sprees, alcohol or drug binging, and reckless behavior.
A Prescription a Day Keeps the Psychiatrist Away
There are a number of tips that one can use in order to prevent being pulled into a psychotic state. A few are obvious. Others, not so much.
Take Your Medications
The most critically important part of ensuring accurate mental health is frequently and consistently taking your medications. Sometimes, people with Bipolar Disorder might feel like their health has improved and medications are no longer necessary.
Unfortunately, this is a symptom of an oncoming manic episode, which means that to suddenly stop taking your medication might thrust you into a psychotic episode with near certainty.
Take the Time to Relax
While researchers have yet to figure out a reliable method for the prevention of psychosis in people who have not been diagnosed with any mental illness, they have discovered a link between psychosis and stress.
If a certain aspect of your life has been stressing you out and increasing your mental burden by pushing you to the point of frequent exhaustion, it might be best–in fact, your doctor might require–that you take a break to collect your thoughts and decompress before you explode.
See a Psychiatrist
If your medications seem to be ineffective and no amount of relaxation seems to be helping, then you might want to consider speaking with your psychiatrist. Call your doctor and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
In the meantime, your psychiatrist might suggest that you seek therapy. Therapy has proven to be a life-saving tool for a large number of people around the world, even for people who don’t suffer from any kind of mental illness whatsoever.
Unfortunately, there just isn’t any way to completely prevent psychosis because there isn’t any way to accurately predict its onset. Regardless, scientists have discovered that a regime of consistent medication, stress-reduction efforts, and psychiatric visits have proven to be a useful tool in controlling or reducing the frequency of psychotic episodes.