What is the progression of recovery from paranoid psychosis?
December 31, 2012 5:49 PM Subscribe
How does a paranoid psychotic episode end? Assuming that someone is on medication that starts working, does it tend to be a sudden thing where they wake up one day and they no longer believe in any of the huge conspiracy their mind had created? Or do they gradually stop believing the least plausible delusions one by one? Or do they stop feeling the terror associated with it first, and maybe even continue to believe that all that stuff DID happen to them, but that it isn't an ongoing threat any more? Or do they maybe just become more open to logical arguments against their beliefs?
posted by lollusc to health & fitness (11 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I realise this is most likely different for different people, but I'm wondering whether there are commonalities at all.
I'm asking because a close friend is currently going through an episode (and is under close supervision by a psych, etc, who believes he is not a danger to anyone or to himself, so he isn't in an inpatient facility). While I know people who have experienced psychosis in the past, they recovered in hospital and I was not close enough to visit regularly so I didn't see how the recovery progressed.
I'm just wondering because I'd like to be able to spot possible signs of recovery in my friend. In case it's relevant, his diagnosis is bipolar, currently with a manic/psychotic episode, and he started a different medication last week to try to control the psychosis. His delusions are along the lines of large government conspiracies trying to destroy his life.