Signs that show you need to relax and be positive in your life
Signs that show you need to relax and be positive in your life are many. Psychosis most often starts slowly and insidiously. Weird things start happening to you. Unusual thoughts haunt your mind. At first you think it’s all in your imagination. You try to behave normally. Gradually, however, you become more and more anxious and confused, without really realizing it. Something is wrong. But you don’t know what exactly.
The first signs
The first time, when the signs of psychosis appeared you were surprised. So were your parents, siblings and friends. Psychosis starts differently in each person, but most of the time it appears with a combination of mild symptoms. Now that you know, you can understand that the picture you presented when you first became ill was nothing more than the classic picture of psychosis. But back then, those signs seemed normal to you, like what can happen to anyone at any time in their life. But conditions like the following are symptoms of psychosis:
You’d rather stay in your room than socialize with other people.
You forget things – like, an appointment or where you left your keys.
You hear and see things differently. Sounds seem more intense, objects seem to mysteriously change shape, color or size to you.
You see yourself and the world around you differently, differently.
You become suspicious. You think others are talking about you.
Things take on a special meaning.
You have strange ideas such as being able to read other people’s thoughts, or you get the feeling that others know what you are thinking, or you think they are plotting against you, or you start to become overly concerned with various supernatural phenomena.
Sometimes you find it difficult to concentrate, your attention is easily distracted.
Sometimes you feel miserable, sad or depressed for no particular reason.
Sometimes even the smallest thing you have to do seems like a mountain, you have no particular motivation, mood or energy to get things done.
Sometimes you are irritable. You get irritated easily with others.
Sleep problems are frequent, especially at night, and you often feel sleepy during the day.
You find it difficult to follow rules or be consistent in your commitments. This is why you don’t want to go back to school or continue your work. You find it extremely difficult to continue anything.
You gradually lose more and more of your interests. Besides, why do you need to wash often or dress properly?
If we could describe all of the above in two words, we would say that you have become extremely irritable with the rest of the world and everything that surrounds you. You feel so vulnerable that you would like to shut yourself in your shell, retreat into your own world and stay there. But at the same time you are afraid of being cut off from others and isolated. Anxiety overwhelms you because everything, but everything is so different, and you don’t know why.
It’s not just the first psychotic episode that follows these “precursor” signs, as they are scientifically called. Even the episodes that follow – and these can manifest years later – show the same precursory warning signs. But you should not forget that warning means preparing for battle. So when you recognize, or even suspect, the “precursor” signs, what you need to do, and quickly, is to see a specialist for help.
These are signs that warn you that something is wrong. They don’t all appear at the same time and everyone can experience a different combination of symptoms.
Signs that show you need to relax and be positive in your life are:
You are more suspicious or anxious
Your mood swings: sometimes you feel very happy and sometimes very sad.
You worry too much and get too attached to certain things.
You can’t concentrate or remember things easily.
Sometimes you feel like eating too much and sleeping for hours and other times you feel like doing the exact opposite.
You start to lose interest.
You feel like you think slower or have fewer thoughts.
Changes in your behaviour that others notice
Disturbances in your appetite for food
Lack of energy
Loss of interest and motivation
Nervousness or anger
Distraction or confusion
The “positive” and “negative” symptoms
Psychotic symptoms affect all areas of your life, your senses, your thoughts, your feelings, your knowledge and your actions.
“Positive” symptoms are so called because they are “added” to your daily experiences when they should normally have no place in them. The term “positive” used to describe these symptoms does not necessarily mean “good”.
Positive symptoms mainly include two types of symptoms, delusions and hallucinations. Sometimes these symptoms occur at the same time and sometimes they do not. Delusions are thoughts or beliefs that you firmly believe despite the fact that others do not understand or share them. For example, you may believe that you are being spied on, that you have supernatural properties, that you have a special mission in life, that secret messages are coming out of wall sockets or the radio, that you can identify killers or predict earthquakes. You may also have hallucinations: for example, seeing, smelling, tasting or hearing things that others do not perceive. Voices may either be speaking to you, or for you, or giving you commands. Positive symptoms include irritability and tension.
The “negative” symptoms are so named because they reduce your ability to do things of daily living. You lose interest or motivation to live. Everything requires a lot of effort to get done. Everything gets done at a slower pace. You find it hard to organize yourself or get your life in order. You also find it difficult to communicate and express your feelings to others. Sometimes you feel like you are “flat”, empty as if you have no feelings. You close in on yourself and withdraw, withdrawing from friends, acquaintances and slowly from external reality. You start to neglect things like your hobbies, your dressing, your personal hygiene or the hygiene of your space.
Sometimes you are happy when you would expect to be sad. Your emotions get you confused. You often seem apathetic and indifferent to people or things that were dear to you in the past. You close in on yourself, as if you want to escape from reality and the people around you. At other times you seem as if you are possessed by two emotions at once: anxiety and sadness. This is of course not surprising considering how frightening the changes that are happening inside you are and how difficult it is for you to understand them.
The disturbed thoughts
You find it difficult to think clearly. Your thoughts are confused. At least, that’s what others say about you. Even your best friends say they can’t keep up with you. Sometimes you have too many thoughts all at once or other times you feel mentally exhausted and your mind feels like it’s empty of thoughts.
You find it hard to concentrate and sometimes you can’t do even the simplest things. You need to put in a lot of effort to solve everyday problems and sometimes you don’t succeed.
Lack of empathy
A particularly disturbing but frequent symptom of psychosis is the fact that you cannot recognize and admit that something is happening to you, that something is wrong, that you have a problem. Psychosis prevents you from being able to see yourself as you normally would. There are times when you think you are behaving in exactly the same way you used to behave and that everything is back to normal. However, from the reactions of others you realize that things are not exactly like that. Others don’t understand you and it’s hard for you to understand why they don’t understand you. This bothers you and can sometimes lead to arguments or aggressive behaviour.