Inside the psychotic experience (conversation with a patient)

Psychotic experienceDepartment: Psychiatry, UMCG

Supervisor: Frank D. van Es MD

Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as loss of contact with reality. Patients experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) or delusional beliefs (false beliefs about what is taking place or who one is). The combination of both can cause an often severe disruption to perception, thinking, emotion and behaviour. Depending on its severity, a psychotic episode may thus be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behaviour, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out daily life activities. As a result, patients with psychosis are caught in a hostile environment. They are therefore in need of your dedication and medical skills: How can you meet their needs? How can you avoid stigma and promote health and social recovery?

During this workshop you will be able to ask questions to a psychiatrist and a patient who has suffered from psychosis.