Hi, my name's Mike.
How did I get here?
Well I've always liked being the center of attention and people tell me I have a great sense of humour. After high school, I decided to learn a trade. I’ve been trying to live a healthy lifestyle - play a lot of hockey and haven't smoked any weed or done drugs for a couple of months. Everything was going well, but then I started feeling different. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something changed.
One day, I was taking the bus to work and noticed this woman, she was sitting across from me. She was just staring at me like she was mad at me. Then I kinda got freaked when I realized it wasn’t just the one woman, but the whole rear of the bus glaring in my direction. I got confused so I got off the bus way before my stop and walked the rest of the way. It was so strange.
Then I got frustrated because I couldn’t focus at work. My boss asked me if anything was going on, but I just shrugged it off. I'm worried about what he is going to think if I tell him.
And then the other day I was feeling real uneasy. I was sitting down having breakfast, and I could have sworn someone whispering my name. I wondered if I had a problem. So I was looking online, but I don’t even know what I’m looking for…
Our brain can play tricks on us. Sometimes these can be serious.
What is psychosis?
Psychosis is a medical condition where a person's brain isn't working properly, and this makes it difficult to tell what is real from what is not real:
- Perceptions are altered, making things that are not real seem real
- Thinking becomes jumbled and unrealistic ideas develop
- Feelings and emotions towards self, others or the outside world change or are exaggerated
- The intense changing slants on reality may trigger feelings of dread, panic, fear and anxiety
If you are concerned about some experiences you've been having, take a few minutes to check out if something is going on for you...
When psychosis happens:
- Symptoms may start gradually and only appear occasionally
- There is a period of time when symptoms are intense and interfere with a person’s life
- It can be a frightening experience
- It may last only a short period of time or it may continue sporadically for weeks, months or even years, unless the person receives medical care
- There may be a desire to deny or be secretive about what is happening because of the fear of being different
Learn about the early signs of psychosis...
Getting help as early as possible is important. Check out the psychosis resource page...