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What to expect when...your mom has been involuntarily committed.

My 62-year-old mom with "pseudodementia" was taken to the hospital last night after a psychotic episode, and now she's in the neuro wing of the hospital under involuntary commitment...what should I expect to happen, and what could be wrong with her? [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Jul 15, 2015 - 13 answers

The unknowable likelihood that my husband will have a psychotic relapse

How can I get over this constant fear and worry that my husband will have another psychotic episode or turn out to have schizophrenia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 21 answers

Psychopathy as a defense against psychosis? How?

In the seminal work on psychopathy, writer Hervey Cleckley says this. I have tried hard to get my head around it. Can anyone shed some light? [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Feb 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Recovery Programs For My Reluctant 18-Year-Old Schizophrenic Son

Seeking structured, regular activities for my son, an 18-year-old with disorganized-type schizophrenia who is freshly recovering from his second psychotic episode. We are in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 10 answers

I just don't want to get anyone killed.

I’d like tips on dealing with strangers that are having a psychotic break, because I have to do so more often than average. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Aug 7, 2013 - 50 answers

Another "What book did I read?" question!

I've been wracking my brains for years trying to remember the title of a book I read during middle school (or perhaps early high school). [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the progression of recovery from paranoid psychosis?

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? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 31, 2012 - 11 answers

I never knew just how awful bipolar disorder could be

What do you do when brain chemistry has turned your beloved partner into someone who doesn't seem to like you and who you, well, don't really like that much either? Please help me understand how to live through and survive my significant other's first manic episode. [more inside]
posted by The Puppet of Secrets on Dec 11, 2012 - 30 answers

Metaphysical, medical and media representations of the Double?

Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 30, 2012 - 33 answers

How to recover from a very public psychosis.

How can I get over periods of psychosis and depression by putting it behind me, gaining some experiences and achievements to make the relapses feel like less of a big deal?or How can I stop thinking about me? [more inside]
posted by Erred on Sep 19, 2012 - 9 answers

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis NOS/ADHD/ODD. It's been a year and still no reason for the psychosis. Counseling (among other things - see inside) hasn't worked so far, medication keeps him calm for a short time... we don't know what else to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I help a friend through what could be described as either a spiritual or psychological crisis?

Is my friend undergoing a spiritual awakening or having a psychotic episode? As an atheist how do I support him either way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

What to consider before zapping a depressed brain?

Mom has gone from minor OCD behavior and compulsive thoughts to a severe depression with psychosis. The docs have started to recommend ECT, but she's terribly frightened of the possible side effects, namely the memory loss. If you have gone through ECT or have been involved in the decision to employ it, what information did you value when making the decision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Looks crazy, actually sick?

What are some famous cases of apparently psychotic and/or criminal behavior that later turns out to have a more medically-based alternate explanation? Thinking of the Charles Whitman case here, interested in others, especially any epilepsy related ones. Thanks.
posted by jimmysmits on Dec 7, 2010 - 19 answers

I'm having a flashback...

Old Book! Any help finding would be appreciated. Looked allover but never found.. Summary: woman awakes to realise that she is patient in a mental hospital. Possibly something to do with LSD psychosis. American, mighthave been written in the 60's or 70s. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Nov 1, 2010 - 2 answers

How to help someone who is showing signs of psychosis?

My best friend appears to be sliding into psychosis. Who and how should I approach in order to help him out? I know IANAD and YANAD - but I need less info on diagnosis and more info/personal experiences/stories about reaching out to someone who has a undiagnosed mental illness in order to help them. [more inside]
posted by operaposthuma on Mar 10, 2010 - 29 answers

How do I help my psychotic, delusional elderly mother?

I don't know how to help my mother, who is relatively recently diagnosed with dementia, but showing psychotic and delusional symptoms. Short-term skilled nursing care wants to release her to board-and-care, and I know this won't work. How can I (and should I) get my mom committed to a psych ward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Bad Trip on Marijuana?

I smoked marijuana early this morning and had terrifying experiences. What happened, why, and what should I do now? I could use some reassurance. [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Dec 1, 2008 - 48 answers

Personal involvement with someone possibly psychotic?

I've recently found out a person I know could truly be psychotic. So my question is what are the general guidelines for psychosis and when does personal involvement with someone suspected of being psychotic become dangerous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2006 - 15 answers

Everyone keeps calling me a fag

Everywhere I go - walking down the street, hanging out in a bar, sitting there minding my business - nearly everybody that passes me, whether on foot or in a car, feels the need to make some kind of comment about me of the form, "what a fuckin fag," or "you know you're fucking gay," etc. I'm not insecure about my sexuality but the sheer constancy of it is driving me nuts. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Astragalus on Oct 12, 2005 - 37 answers

Prescribed Amphetamines

How come prescribed amphetamines do not cause health problems like amphetamine psychosis or those horrid pictures of the woman who looks like a skeleton after so many years of abuse? I know people who take 80mg of Adderall a day (prescribed) and I've heard of up to 120mg a day users. Are these doses too low to cause ill effect? If they stopped using would they be subject to the same withdrawals as street users? I realize street users must take more, and a different kind, but the basics are still there, unless they are taking a lot more. It seems like 10+ years of daily Adderall take would produce similar effects. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 13, 2004 - 20 answers

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