Even if it’s difficult to ask for help, you should do it. Early treatment can prevent psychosis. You want to do everything in your power to prevent the development of psychosis. Let me explain.
With each psychotic episode, it can be more difficult to return to your baseline. In other words, it might take more time and more treatment and medicine to recover from every psychotic episode. For some people, it seems that each psychotic episode is worse than the last.
There also is evidence to suggest that psychotic episodes cause brain damage. Theoretically, more psychotic episodes equates to more damage. The sooner you report your symptoms, the sooner you can begin treatment and prevent a full-blown psychotic episode.
I’m wondering why your symptoms are returning. Are you actively in treatment? Are you taking medications as prescribed? It is common for people with serious mental illnesses to stop their medications when they feel better. They don’t realize that stopping medications can trigger psychosis. Being off your medicine is risky. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Finally, if you are having difficulty speaking about what’s wrong, then try writing a letter. You can bring them the letter that you wrote to me. Sometimes people feel more comfortable writing than they do speaking. You might also ask a family member for help. That family member could speak to your doctor for you. Do whatever is necessary to protect yourself from slipping further into psychosis. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle