People in the medical model don't address the spiritual
I was glad to find your website. I am 45 year old female who had an onset of psychosis at 43 and was hospitalized 3 times for psychosis. No one has made an official diagnosis but they think its bipolar. I am on bipolar meds and they do help my mood swings to be less dramatic. I guess my question is more of a statement about the care I have received or not received. My experience with psychosis was so profound. I was in full blown hallucinations audio and visual. They were all religious themed some of heaven some of hell. No one addressed this with me during treatment. My psychiatrist that I've had ignored the fact that I had been in a whole different world and I wanted to really know what happened to me not a sterile diagnosis of Psychosis NOS. No one validated the importance of faith in my life and how this came out in my psychosis. So, I just wanted to say thank you for your web page. It shows me that someone does know there is a connection. I think I should book a session with you ;)
Thanks for your post. I'm glad the site has been helpful to you. I'm not surprised, but continually saddened to hear that people's inner experiences are so utterly ignored. These experiences, psychotic episodes or mania or whatever you choose to label them, can be profound, devastating, shattering, life changing, debilitating or enlightening. There is meaning in our experiences - always. To disregard that meaning is to reduce a person to a physical body without a heart, mind and soul. And a Psychiatrist is by its very name, a doctor of the psyche - which means the soul/mind!
Never abandon your inner self.
I wish you the best!