Spot­light on the con­di­tion of fear

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.”

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