A loved one has been suffering from stress psychosis for several months. Is home treatment realistic? Or is it obligatory to take medications, visit doctors?

A loved one has been suffering from stress psychosis for several months. Is home treatment realistic? Or is it obligatory to take medications, visit doctors?

PTSD & Trauma - Dr Bill Pettit

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Answer 1
June, 2021

So that doctors, or rather psychotherapists, can solve these problems for you as quickly as possible. And on your own it will take you a lot of time and effort. Read here: https://mariakoroleva.com/pary

Answer 2
June, 2021

We have already written everything about the signs of psychosis.

Judging by what you write in the comments, this most of all looks like depression. I would also assume the risk of developing a psychosomatic illness, but I'm not sure. Rather, it is indeed hypochondria.

I imagine the formation of this situation something like this: the death of a loved one -> your loved one cannot survive, process, or even somehow realize these emotions, therefore, in fact, he resorts to the metaphor "me as bad as if I was very seriously ill "(in which he believes at the same time as a reality) -> the state of the body is brought into line with the state of the psyche, that is, does not eat, does not sleep, is extremely thin, naturally, must feel very bad. It is also likely that there is an element of an attempt to cope with one's own fear of death, through hypercontrol of health (and the fear of one's own death should have been activated due to the death of a loved one, especially if it is a parent or partner).

Naturally, this is a diagnosis based on an avatar and the real situation may differ.

The key question, of course, is what to do, because, despite the fact that it is obvious that in this situation a good a loss-making psychotherapist (who has yet to be found because going to the wrong therapist only causes frustration in the method), the client should come to him voluntarily and with some motivation.

I would suggest you try:

  1. In the background, in no way accentuated, trying to create in a person the concept that sometimes people grieve very much, and this is normal. That moral pain can be similar to physical pain or worse. In general, there are such strong experiences, in particular, such a strong grief. But do not let him know that you think that he is sick from experiences. It seems to me that it is better to give information of this kind on some abstract examples, maybe find suitable films or mention stories about other people, etc.

  2. Look for information on constructive communication with hypochondriacs. I can't recommend anything specific here.

  3. It seems to me that the books by Irwin Yalom work very well to change the attitude of people to psychotherapy. He, in particular, talks a lot about the fear of death. He also has stories about the experience of loss. I have so far read only two of his books, "Mom and the Meaning of Life" and "Cure from Love", I like the second one more. But he has others. Look, if he is reading, maybe you can somehow slip something into his forehead, but preferably not very much in the forehead, because many people react negatively and squeeze when they realize that they are being persuaded to therapy. If not, read it yourself, maybe you will find something that will tell you how best to proceed.

Answer 3
June, 2021

Judging by what the author himself writes in the comments, this is not psychosis. Rather, reactive depression with hypochondria. A few months is quite a lot, you need to pull it out, because further it will only get more difficult. It is never too late to start taking antidepressants (I don't know why they write the opposite here), cognitive / rational psychotherapy is indicated for hypochondria. At first, it will be correct only to take pills, because trust in doctors, apparently, is absent and it is early to start psychotherapy. Antidepressants will reduce ... depression, and mild antipsychotics like neuleptil and sonapax will help with disbelief in treatment and other overvalued ideas. Of course, only a psychiatrist prescribes drugs. And, as you already understood, you won't be able to get out yourself, you need a doctor and medications.

There should be neuropsychiatric dispensaries throughout the former USSR, if not 1 per district, then 1 per city for sure. Treatment in them can be carried out free of charge, on an outpatient basis and confidentially (a piece of paper is signed about confidentiality). I'll tell you something else about myself. I had a similar situation and a couple of years ago I first turned to a psychiatrist (through friends). I was sent to a dispensary and I was treated there. No one, including even my family, was aware of my treatment. So you don't even have to worry about this. Before that, I myself tried to extricate myself (I had this state all my life) - to no avail. I entered the medical school, understood something and got on the right path. Everything will be fine. Good luck.

Answer 4
June, 2021

Katherine is really neat with terms. Psychosis is a very specific state, mandatory signs:

1) Delusional ideas - not corresponding to reality, totally irrational thoughts and ideas; in which, which is typical, 100% confidence

2) Hallucinations - positive (not in terms of "pleasant", but in terms of - to perceive as reality what is not really around) and negative (the opposite is do not perceive something really happening)

3) "Lethal" shutdown of self-criticism and predicting the consequences of their actions. And, again, the same "blatant" as delirium - actions are just as inadequate, and often dangerous for themselves and others.

4) Or, on the contrary - complete stupor and apathy, lack of any reaction on the environment and motivation for anything. * Full ", I emphasize - lies-sits-stands" like a statue ", quite literally, without exaggeration.

If there is no such thing (at least 2 symptoms associated), then there is no psychosis, do not panic. But there is, then no traditional medicine and home methods - not because "nizya", but because it will not help; in psychosis, even a specialist psychologist at first will not help, as a rule, only medications and special psychiatric care for some time (perhaps long)

If we are talking about a stress disorder, even such a serious one, then you can help and provide support, of course; but it will not hurt a specialist to show it.

Answer 5
June, 2021

What makes you think that it is psychosis? Are you qualified to diagnose psychosis? If you turned here with a similar question, it is probably not sufficient.

If you see that your loved one has some kind of violation, problems, conditions that, in your opinion, harm him and / or his immediate environment:

First of all, it is worth discuss it with him, where does it come from? can the cause of stress be removed? Does he understand the problem?

If your strength is not enough, it is worth discussing the option of visiting a specialist. Medical treatment is not necessary, any formal problems with future employment are extremely unlikely (they will not write a piece of paper, and they will not call at work), especially when contacting a psychologist.

Answer 6
June, 2021

It's too late to take antidepressants, you will only worsen the condition. You need maximum reflection. The doctor may not help, but write something unpleasant that then they will not take to work. You're kind of like a girl by name, judging by. I do not want to show any sexism, but it would be good for you to show your maternal instincts now and take control of this person. Under temporary care. Even a smile can help a person in this state if it is on the person on whom you want to see it. Don't give the person little sleep. In my experience, this causes lucid dreams and intensifies psychoses, because even in dreams, some things are unpleasant to see in this state. There is no need to argue with a person in this situation. He needs to be persuaded. It can be very helpful to get rid of different types of stress lamp-eating cookies with milk. I know that all this does not sound very professional, but I try to squeeze out as many details as possible. If a person is drawn to drinking alcohol, then it is better not to stop. He may not understand at times what he is saying and what he is doing in this psychosis, but he must perfectly understand what to do and how he is allowed to be cut off, to throw bad thoughts out of his head, etc.

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