There are many misconceptions about psychosis, which is – by definition: a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality – used as a noun, so “they were suffering from a psychosis”. We want to dispel some myths about psychosis – and maybe stir the sitting pot that is conversation.
Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating and severe mental disorders, with a very high disease burden. According to the Singapore Burden of Disease study, mental disorders were responsible for 6.9% of the total disease and injury burden in Singapore in 2010, with more than one-third of this burden (39%) from schizophrenia and one-fourth (25%) from anxiety & depression. It was ranked 10th on the Disability-Adjusted Life Year, which is the number of years lost to a healthy life.
Sometimes when I go for therapy it feels like I’m giving over control to my therapist and I leave sessions feeling extremely needy (e.g. I start counting down days till the next time I see her so she can challenge and calm my multiplying irrational thoughts and impulses back down again).
Mental illness is a term that seems to be appearing often in the media now. On television, in the cinema, on the news, you hear people talk about depression, anorexia, psychosis… 1In Singapore, 1 in 12 people have a mental illness. Yet, a lot of people still do not know what they actually mean. Before going into the specific terms like depression, let’s look at what mental illness is.