Will I Get Over My Experience of Psychosis?
The majority of those who have one psychotic episode never have another one. Others may be prone to fairly short-lived episodes throughout their lives. Some may live with ongoing psychosis as a long-term problem. However serious the difficulties, there are treatments and coping strategies that reduce the disruption and enable people to lead fulfilling lives and to achieve their ambitions.
Campaigning Against Stereotypes
One of the biggest problems people encounter is social exclusion and poverty, because of the prejudice and discrimination they face. Media misinformation tends to reinforce negative stereotypes and myths, for instance, that people with mental health problems are violent. On the contrary, they are much more likely to be the victim of violence or more likely to harm themselves.
People often feel unable to be open about their problems, in particular when applying for jobs. This means they don’t have the chance to change people’s misconceptions and challenge the taboos. When people have to conceal their problems this also reinforces a sense of shame.
Organisations such as Mind campaign against discrimination and stigma. These pressure groups are gradually changing attitudes in society. Joining a local group can also be a way of meeting other people who may share similar experiences and views.