This brief account is aimed at shedding some light on the cognitive processes involved with bringing about my psychosis, or put more simply – how I got ill. I have included as much description of my thought processes as is possible in this limited space. It is also a short look at parts of my journey towards recovery. To help clarify what I was going through and the “personality” of my psychosis, I candidly discuss how my mental illness affected my behaviour. I hope that my discussion about my thought processes can help people to understand a bit more about the workings of psychosis, which can be a rare thing as often people find it hard to share the face of their psychotic illness, because of stigma/embarrassment, lack of insight/understanding, and because the words can be extremely hard to find.
Peter Edward McDonnell
Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 05 Jul 2018