Spotlight on the condition of fear
THE latest stage of the #StillJustMe series is aimed at helping those struggling with psychosis and people close to them.
Through a series of short films and blog articles written by mental health experts and those with real-life experience, #StillJustMe aims to shine a spotlight on some of the most poorly understood and stigmatised mental health difficulties in Ireland today.
Dr Edel Crehan of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, which runs the series, said that psychosis is a condition of fear. For some it starts with a feeling of sensory overload. For others, the mind becomes an unsafe place where everyday worries become plausible fears.
“Getting the best help available for a loved one often doesn’t happen or is delayed because of deep feelings of shame. Those experiencing the difficulty want to hide it,” she says.
“Research is now showing that how loved ones react when they are told by a young person that they are hearing voices or struggling with paranoia can make a difference. Showing curiosity and listening is the best approach.”