EVOLVING THE STORY OF PSYCHOSIS TOGETHER
Understanding psychosis can be difficult, even for experienced professionals. A glimpse through our 'psychotic lens' may bring mind-shifting insights that influence policies and methods of interaction. Shedding old ideas and embracing new ones.
Students are the professionals of the future. Doctors, nurses, teachers, politicians, police officers and prison guards in training- all will deal with psychosis throughout their careers. By understanding the subjective experiences of psychosis one obtains early career advantages.
As family or friends of someone in psychosis, it can be extremely hard to know what somebody goes through. An individual glimpse helps to make sense of why psychosis can be so challenging. Learning by feeling is a great way to add to a path of life-long learning.
As a society, we are connected with each other. If we want to be able to recognize psychosis on time in someone else (or ourselves), we need to build on our empathy skills. Empathy requires informed activation. It's time to change the story!
UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOSIS IS HARD
WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
Recent research suggests that 1 in 13 people may have a psychotic experience before the age of 75. Psychosis is described as a set of symptoms in which thoughts and emotions become so impaired that one loses contact with reality, usually described as 'hallucinations' and 'delusions'. Labels give a name to the experience but tell us nothing about the experience.
SOFT SKILL DEVELOPMENT
A lack of understanding is a lack of effective action, affecting early detection and the time window for voluntary prevention. Nor does it provide insights as to why it arises in the first place. This leads to much unnecessary emotional suffering, loss of work, network and life. The history of how we have dealt with psychosis has been turbulent. Labyrinth Psychotica seeks to build bridges of empathy where storytelling is incomplete or failing.
LEARNING THROUGH FEELING
A deficit in soft skills affects relapse, recovery, therapy, trust, and loyalty, and in turn, affects the total costs to society. Our tools aim to generate dialogue and insights that are integral to empathy, awareness, and understanding. Just because we are empathic beings, does not mean we always use it. 'Learning through feeling' activates empathy.
The project Labyrinth Psychotica by Roomforthoughts is dedicated to researching, developing, building, and helping people learn about psychosis in the most direct way: through the senses. Labyrinth Psychotica forms a bridge between theoretical knowledge and practical experience of psychosis. We not only inform and educate about psychosis we also stimulate individual imagination by our unique 'DO-IT-YOURSELF' workshop design.
"A very educational and authentic experience that combines multiple techniques to simulate the real experience of psychosis. This is a very useful tool and I would recommend it for both health professionals and people interested in understanding the world of the psychotic patient. Either for self-knowledge or in an attempt to empathize with a loved one. One of the most illuminating experiences I have had in my 14 years experience as a psychiatrist. Excellent experience."
"This is truly an awesome experience that every professional in mental health should experience. I believe the experience for those who take it seriously will alter how they work with clients."
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