Understanding Psychosis – Simon’s Story | headspace

(soft guitar) – My instincts told me
something wasn’t right. Simon was sleeping much more than
usual, he was hardly spending any time with
us. We wondered if it was just a
phase teenagers go through, but he was really changing. He started acting suspicious of
people, as if everything going on around him was somehow connected to him or about
him. We didn’t know what to do. – I started hearing
voices that kept, like, commenting on what I was doing
or what I was thinking about. I know now that I was hallucinating. Sometimes it was really full-on. – The things she’d say,
the way she’d look at people, she just didn’t make a lot of sense. Like, laughing when things weren’t
funny, or getting really upset
for just no reason. Sometimes I’d get pretty angry, because she was being so
difficult to be around, and we were all just trying so hard. I had no idea she was so unwell. – Our daughter Bea started
becoming really emotional. All over the place, actually. Happy, elated, sad,
or just nothing at all. Really extreme. We just couldn’t connect
with her about anything. I talked to my GP a couple of times, and he wondered if it might be
psychosis. It kind of blew me away a bit. But as he described it,
it made sense. I was really worried,
but also relieved that there was at least an
explanation for the changes we’d been seeing, and to hear that there
was treatment available. – His friends stopped coming around. They couldn’t handle it anymore. I tried talking to him,
tried to be there for him, but it was like it just
wasn’t getting through. – I was totally paranoid. I mean, I thought the
government was spying on me. Stuff like that. I thought I was being
followed by the police, I thought my phone was being tapped. But that’s the thing about delusions. They seem so totally real. – Sometimes I couldn’t make any sense of what she was saying. She’d jump from one topic to another, and then she’d become frustrated
when I didn’t understand. A lot of the time, being around her was like walking on eggshells. – I needed someone to listen
to me, to help me cope. That’s what my treatment team
did for me. At first I didn’t even
think I needed help, from them or my family,
but actually I did. They helped me get my life back. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but things are getting better. – I’ve found it really helpful
talking to other parents in a similar situation. Supporting someone with
psychosis is not always easy. The more I learnt about it,
the more hopeful I became that Simon could recover. – It took us a while to learn how to support her without
getting in the way. We can help her recover, but we need to let her work some
of it out for herself. – It was really important to have support from different people. Health professionals,
family, and our friends. – I needed time to recover, and I couldn’t have done it on my own. – Well, I don’t really
know what the future holds, but I’m hopeful.


  1. thanks for the encouragement, i have psychosis and real day life just changed for me since i've had it it's really hard to cope with this illness, i hope i will get better one day and not have a life full of misey and sadness

  2. Thank you so much for this video! It's the toughest thing in the world to see someone you love suffer from this!

  3. Its a shame really that our society has ingrained with terms that are labells and only make the condition more constricted in loose assoiations of things which arent understood.

  4. Drugs are not the solution, it's a temporarily remedy at best, it's like saying alcohol is the solution for stage fright.

  5. he thought the government was spying on him. that's really crazy. I'm glad he is cured from that false belief.

  6. Trying to divert and misdirect victims that have been placed on “watch lists” and thus victims of systematic persecution and community mobbing. V2k (Voice to skull) technology and systematic covert bullying and harassment perpetrated by various communities has been around for decades. They’re blueprinted tried and true programs in which the victims symptoms from such programs psychological attacks mimic that of schizophrenia and delusional disorders along with psychosis.

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