Gamer B: "You have to protect the worm from the ants."
2. A label slapped onto an intelligent person by a psychiatrist who believes that they have a superior vision to the average Joe, who does not believe in the status quo, and also recognizes that they are above much of society due to thinking, intelligence, and intuition.
John is highly intelligent and understands himself to be a leader capable of great change, but since he does not agree with the status quo and refuses to be 'put in his place', he has been told that he suffers from 'psychosis' and 'delusional thinking patterns'.
A real state of being where a person's perception of reality is severely interrupted. Often triggered by sad or painful things happening to said person, which induces a break from reality, and as more people turn their backs on what is seen as irrational, delusional behavior, the pain deepens. The psychosis gets stronger and harder to bear. Can result in suicide.
Those with psychosis are good, decent people bearing a lot of pain inside, and they could use and appreciate all the support, love, and compassion they can get. Even one stable, healthy relationship in their lives can potentially help them regain and maintain their strength, and they deserve it.
Main symptoms are delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations. Others are inability to eat or sleep, confusion, severe disorganisation, loss of time management, failure to complete tasks, failure to look after self, inappropriate behaviour, strange speech, nonsense speech, symbolic speech, repetitive behaviour, euphoria, terror.
If the psychosis becomes severe the person will need to be hospitalised. Most people are not violent at all, and the few that are, are usually reacting to feeling physically threatened. If the medication does not work, and if the person really "loses it", and starts trying to escape or do something dangerous, the person is restrained, locked up in a room and given an injection. They will be transferred while unconscious to another locked area. When the medication works, they are transferred to the open ward.
Although it can go away on its own in some cases, psychosis left untreated can cause brain damage. The whole episode takes a toll on the brain. The medication also has strong side effects. It can take weeks, months or years to recover fully.
If you know someone who is recovering from psychosis, give them a hug and buy them some chocolate. Losing your mind is one of the scariest things a person can ever experience.