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Here’s What No One Tells You About People Living With Psychosis

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I found it really jarring to be diagnosed with a psychotic illness and was quite confused at first.

I found myself thinking of the portrayal of psychotic people in the media, wedging myself into a stereotype, scared that I was someone that I’m not.

I forgot that even though I have psychosis I can still define myself.

Here’s what no one tells you about people living with psychosis:

1. We are still humans first and foremost.

2. We are not violent by nature.

3. We are capable of setting goals and completing them.

4. While some of us can’t work in a professional setting, others can.

5. Hallucinations and delusions can be scary and disturbing, but overtime with medication (and sometimes without) they often can be managed.

6. We are brave.

7. We are strong.

8. We can be independent.

9. We can make great mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and friends.

10. We can be incredibly empathetic and caring.

11. We are worthy of love and respect.

12. Some of us will know stability and others will not, but this doesn’t change the fundamental fact that we are people — people who are deserving of help and care.

13. We’re not “scary.”

This year I challenge you to help to erase the stigma surrounding psychotic illnesses. Talk about them, and portray us as who we truly are in the media: human.

Photo by Allef Vinicius via Unsplash.
Originally published: January 13, 2020
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