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    psychotic break
    Sandtiger posted:
    As odd as it sounds, who has had a psychotic break, and what happens that leads up to it?

    I'm greatly concerned because I'm still hypomanic and starting to cycle again multiple times a day even through the Abilify. The fact that I've always been more on the depressed side, and now all of a sudden [actually, over the past 6 months now> been leaning toward the hypomanic side I'm unsure. I'm afraid that I'll eventually have a psychotic break and end up in the hospital.

    Also, for those who have been admitted, what lead up to it? Was it a relatively helpful or harmful experience?

    ~ San
    Sandtiger responded:
    sorry .... this maybe should have been a trigger post....
    appyannie responded:
    I think psychotic breaks come when your level of stress exceeds your coping skills. I have had one particularly bad one but don't remember exactly how it evolved. I have been hospitalized 4 times and didn't find that helpful but it was all part of the total experience of dealing with mental illness that led me to the conclusion that there was no "answer" outside of myself--no hospital, no doctor, no therapist, no medication. The answer was inside of me--facing my past, working through the pain and other knowledge and emotions I was expending enormous amounts of energy trying to avoid. The acceptance of the fact that there was no easy, fast answer--just lots of hard work and that I had better get started because it wasn't going to get better and I wasn't going to get any younger going along as I was. Hard as it was--it was the way out and now it is all becoming only a distance memory. Ultimately it is an accumulation of many things that leads to recovery--even psychotic breaks and hospitalizations that lead you to the conclusion that this is not the kind of life you want to be your final end.

    larsstarscanary responded:
    It was a lot of things for me that led to it, and my 4 hospitalizations, but the most difficult was my mom's death.

    A hospital stay isn't usually a happy one, no matter what the reason, but some hospital staff members are better than others.

    If I were at the point of psychosis, I would rather be safe in the hospital than wandering the streets!

    OMG, I've been through so much and all of it was hard (the treatment), but I'd definitely say it was all a beneficial set of experiences.

    Have you spoken to your doctor about being in the psychotic state?

    Sandtiger responded:

    I have, but he didn't listen at all, he's new to me and I didn't like the last appointment at all. I am looking for a new doc now.

    ~ San
    hope7951 responded:
    This has happened to me and I have watched it happen to near relatives. The marker that I am not seeing in you is that those with a psychotic break don't feel anything is wrong in fact feel great control and over promise for the future and a feeling of being untouchable by the laws of nature. You seem no where near that place when it comes to your relationship to realtiy either negative or positive. Joye
    Sandtiger responded:
    Thank you, Joye - that's a wonderful reasurrance [[[HUGS>>>. Perhaps I'm just going through a rough adjustment period.

    ~ San
    mc1003 responded:
    San, I would say for me i don't remeber much about the leading up to it, but i do remember being "high" on life on myself i was invincible, fun, extremely spontanious,...that in the end turned extremely dangerous and angry... i have hours and days that are total blackouts...but know about spme of wat probably happened based on where i "woke up" & from other peoples feedback. I was reacting to and going with myself based on things that i now know weren't real, but seemed so at the time, feelings, thoughts, visions, connections to people i otherwise wouldn't give the time of day to and no one could tell me anything because i was right and just in my own mind...even seeing things that weren't real... i think joye's right about the total loss of perception. I wasn+ hospitalized even though at one point i do remeber being extremly scared and even begged for it, but my "friends" didn't want to take me and put up with keeping me semi-calm, though i don't remeber much after that... the following crash was the worst....
    Betsy1222 responded:
    I often wonder how I could have haulted the process that led up to mine. I just kept getting more and more into these strange, independent activities I was doing. But after a certain time, I couldn't stop. I think I would have gone one going crazy even if someone had locked me in the house. I think if I had fiddled with my medication in time, I could have avoided the psychotic break, because as soon as I was on the right meds, they went away. How much Abilify are you on?

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