The importance of connection, support and hope in the early stages of psychosis
“Being psychotic was, for most participants, incompatible with regarding oneself as a full citizen.”
The experience of psychosis is unlike anything that most of us can imagine. It can be strange, frightening, sometimes exhilarating, and often disorienting. Even though about one in ten people report having had a psychotic experience (Scott et al., 2018), it’s a topic almost never talked about. Most people end up feeling alienated.
The article describes how early reduction of frightening positive symptoms is a crucial early step to alleviate pain, and to help affected people obtain a feeling of mastery.
It’s imperative that therapy give rise to feelings of safety and hope. These were viewed by participants as crucial for future treatment adherence.
Further, participants said that it was crucial that their therapists had a warm and respectful style – and that their therapist had specific suggestions and advice how to handle specific issues.