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How To Cope With Psychosis Symptoms

Sep 13, 2008
How to cope with psychosis symptoms is a question that those suffering from them frequently ask themselves. This can be a real challenge to those that suffer from them. Learning how to cope not only has to be done by those that suffer from psychosis symptoms but by those close to them as well. The first thing to do is to become educated about the various symptoms. Once you have educated yourself about the symptoms of psychosis you will be able to educate those closest to you. This will enable them to provide you the support that you are going to need.

You will have to know about the psychosis symptoms and the diseases associated with them. You will know how to recognize and deal with the symptoms when you educate yourself. How to cope with psychosis symptoms involves knowing what the actual diagnosis and triggers of the symptoms are. The symptoms are numerous with multiple triggers and diseases associated with each so a definite diagnosis must be reached in order for treatments to be affective.

Coping with psychosis symptoms is easier once you realize that you have an actual illness. The way that others see you should not affect the way that you see yourself. You will be surrounded by people that not informed about the illness that you are suffering from. You will need to educate those closest to you in order for them to be able to help you. Coping with the psychosis symptoms is easier when you know what to expect and how to handle the situations that surround them.

How you cope with psychosis symptoms will be affected by the amount of stress that you are under. Stress triggers psychosis symptoms so learning how to reduce it is an important part of coping with the symptoms. You might feel betrayed or sad at times but you shouldn't allow your anger or your grief to control you. You want to remain calm and rational when you are not experiencing the symptoms of psychosis so that you will be prepared when they become a part of your life again.

If you are taking any medications or participating in treatment therapy you should keep up with all of them. Keeping symptoms under control is important to living the most fulfilling life that you can. You have to be dedicated to your treatment and actively participate in it for it to accomplish anything for you.

Coping with psychosis symptoms involves having a plan of action. You will be able to keep up with the things that you are supposed to do every day when you have a plan to follow. The list may be a mile long but if you make each item on your list into a goal for yourself then it will be easier to achieve the items on the list. The major items on your list can be broken into smaller things for you to do so that you are not overwhelmed by them. When you finish something on your list you will have an amazing feeling that you have managed to accomplish something and your sense of independence will increase.

A diary can help you to cope with psychosis symptoms as well. There needs to be somewhere for you to keep all of your emotions without worry of judgment. Writing in it everyday will help you to keep your emotions in check. You will be able to see the good things and the bad things in your as well as how you handled them. When you see how you handled situations you can change your responses and avoid situations that trigger the symptoms of psychosis.

You will need those close to you to be available to you in your times of need. They can be a source of comfort for you when you are suffering from severe psychosis symptoms. Support groups, counseling, family, friends and treatment therapy can all combine to help you cope with psychosis symptoms. How well you cope with psychosis symptoms will be dependant on the education and support that you have for dealing with them.
About the Author
Ronen David is the chairman of "Malam" (an Israeli organization supporting and representing those dealing with mental disabilities). He is the author of the "How to Cope With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
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