Obviously these first 2 posts of mine are too wordy.
Apologies to readers, I can now see its much easier to read shorter posts, with more spaces.
Ive been well for quite a few years now without any psychotic symptoms at all,
So looking back i can say all the weird experiences i had with psychosis, (such as;
reading thoughts, telepathy, power over things, hearing voices, thought broadcasting etc.,)
were all symptoms of mental illness, and a brain that was ill and over stressed with distorted ideas.
What happened to me was i had too many life pressures all at once, and my brain couldnt handle it, so it shut down temporarily.
No one can just switch off their brain when they need rest and recovery otherwise you die, so whens mine overloaded and I didnt take a mental holiday from stress, it had to do an automatic half shut down.
Unfortunately when my brain switched into this mode, it was only able to use a very few of its functions.
And those functions of thinking properly were the first ones to get shut off.
My brain was just keeping my basics going - like breathing, standup and down, eating, sleeping, in order to rest itself, and normal thinking and functions wouldnt work again until it was rested. And with psychosis you often need people to help tell you when to do these basic things too.
It took me 12 years, but I found myself getting mentally healthy the more i made an effort to mentally relax my mind.
Thats easier said than done for a mentally healthy person, so its even harder when you still have psychosis.
The best method i found after i was well on my way to recovery, was to lie down and think about my brain as any other muscle in my body.
Then i would notice if it was tight from mental stress and worry, and it always was. (infact from a young child i was mentally stressed and scared producing high anxiety about every aspect of life)
So instead of trying to work out all my mental problems, i just stopped thinking about them and the weird symptoms of psychotic experiences and deliberately relaxed the brain muscle instead.
To deliberately relax the brain muscle i just did the same as i would my bicep, - i flexed my bicep, and then relaxed it. Then i attempted the same exercise with the awareness my brain is also a muscle. The way i know it had an effect is the same as putting down something heavy - you instantly feel relief. When i relax the brain as a muscle my whole body feels relief including my brain.
So just the same way you can “pull a hamstring” and its painful and takes time to rest it fully without any weight on it until you can use it again - - the same was needed in my life for my brain muscle to repair.
I would like to hear from anyone who gives this a go themselves,
It worked for me and hope others can benefit from my experience.
I grew up in an intense household, lots of pressure, from every direction. The most important lesson i was never taught about life was how absolutely critical mental rest is for a healthy and happy life.
I learnt that through psychosis and depression.
Sorry - another long wordy post - but hey at least this one is spaced out more.
I just want to say to anyone with psychotic symptoms - voices, directive thoughts, - just know they werent permanent in my case, i got better again, and i have hope that you can too. Just rest up mentally and give yourself a chance to recover.