Through experience with mental illness, I have come up with a way to understand delusions from an inside perspective that can help people recognise their psychotic symptoms and prevent hospitalisation
Psychiatry knows a lot about mental illnesses, but there is really no current solution for people with severe mental illnesses including psychosis to get past the state of being delusional. A presentation that I have come up with through my own experience with psychotic illness can help sufferers recognise their symptoms to prevent relapsing through learning strategies that teach them to recognise when their psychotic experiences are becoming a problem again through a stage of their recovery where they are still vulnerable to relapse. The understanding I offer not only helps sufferers, but mental health professionals and carers as well as giving the general public a more favourable way of understanding people with delusions that is open minded, and non-judgmental.
The basis for this understanding and the strategies can be implemented into mental health programs across Australia, costing very little to the government or mental health organisations.
Ideally, sufferers are learning to recognise their symptoms to prevent hospitalisation and become less dependent on the mental health system. Sufferers and carers, and mental health professionals would all be talking on the same page about the illness instead of there being misunderstandings on both sides. Public understanding of delusions could drastically reduce stigma.
The premise for this approach is that peoples thinking processes are not disorganised, but in fact, it is what they experience in psychosis that affects their ability to read reality accurately. The source of delusions is that a sufferer is constantly experiencing synchronicity and this is a non-physical experience. When they automatically try to make a physical explanation for their experiences, their physical frame of reference does not match or line up with the non-physical experience they are experiencing. The strategies (there are 5) are ways that they can have something to refer to in their mind, specifically for this non-physical synchronicity experience that they have encountered through their illness. My presentation goes into much more detail and goes for about 45 minutes, backing up the background explanation for numerous common delusions based on this experience.