The 101 On How To Talk To Someone Experiencing Psychosis

Do you know someone struggling with psychosis?

I doubt anyone thinks they or someone they know will experience psychosis in their lifetime. After all, the lifetime prevalence of all psychotic disorders is only roughly 3.06%. Families and friends often have no idea how to help or what to do when their loved one shows the signs. When people ask for my advice, this is what I tell them: Continue reading

Looking Out For Your Friends

I loved/hated graduate school. While I loved my studies, I hated the work load at the same time. I felt really overwhelmed. I didn’t sleep well despite serious fatigue after long hours of studying. Sometimes I felt energized by the work, and sometimes I felt sad and discouraged and irritable under the stress.

My friends were my saviors! They insisted I come out for dinner, games, and conversation. They listened to me and made me laugh and made sure I didn’t take things too seriously. Today I read an article in The Guardian that reminded me that “friends are on the front line of mental health support.” Seb, the article’s author, shares that he was diagnosed with depression in his second year of undergraduate study. He says that talking with his friend helped him process his feelings and normalize his experience.

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