I currently have no psychotic symptoms. I have paranoia but not at a ‘psychotic’ level. Threads like this always make uneasy. No doubt because I always have a lot of doubt about psychosis and me.
I think the reckoning is I have had psychosis in the past.
Here is the risk history as culled from my psychiatric notes:
Risk history- delusions, ideas of self harm/suicide ideation,impulsivity /lack of impulse control(risk history) History of non compliance in the past. I can’t remember this.
Treatment related indicators- Failure to attend appointments (risk history and current(then))
Person circumstances indicative of risk: severe stress(risk history),
Behaviour indicative of risk:
deliberate self harm,alcohol/drug abuse (risk history)
Another risk assessment. Things ticked yes or both yes and no
Previous suicide attempt (y) admitted to a low/medium unit(y) Evidence of being dangerously impulsive to others(y and n) Has the client expressed but not demonstrated aggressive behaviour(y) Has the client threatened physical/psychological harm(y) Has the client expressed paranoid delusions featuring certain individuals(y and n) The client is unable to adequately communicate need(y and n)
Also mention of confused and paranoid thinking and problems expressing myself clearly especially when angry/agitated/frightened
I am not sure why some are y and n.
As you can see it’s quite a grey area with stress being cited as a factor. I know the the ‘sz/sz-a’ board is for those who currently have or used to have(me) the diagnosis.
I think if you are taking APs, as I am, then there is probably a good case for being here.
I agree. I think most of the bipolar people have faced psychosis and taken antipsychotics. I have little current psychotic symptoms present, like you, but that’s because we’re taking meds. I seem like a normy to most but that doesn’t erase my past histories, struggles with schizoaffective. I find it hard to believe a bipolar person who’s only faced mood disorders would find themselves to this board. I know a bunch of bi polar posters with history of psychosis here. Hard pressed to find a Jimi Hendrix here. (I believe he had manic depression but no psychosis). But just because our meds nullify our symptoms doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to post here!