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Information about psychoses

How do the processes of psychosis work?

The processes of psychoses are dependent on many factors (see “The 10 most important healing factors) and as yet insufficient research has been carried out about really long periods. Most long-term studies consider a period of five to 20 years and investigated persons afflicted with disorders from the schizophrenic group of disorders. In this period some important facts can be stated:

  • In 10 to 20% of the persons afflicted, psychoses occur once only; so to speak as an expression of an existential life crisis, coping with which spares the symptoms. They are not taken ill again. Persons afflicted of this group differ from all others through limited drug use, a better insight into the disorder, an improved level of functioning prior to the onset of the disorder (e.g. these are more frequently at work). The overwhelming number of these is female.
  • In around 30% of the persons afflicted acute psychotic episodes occur again, however without any further psychotic symptoms between the episodes. This means that psychoses with long-standing thinskinnedness can occur in new life crises, unless the individual affected manages to develop a certain caution, protect him / herself pre-emptively and activate resources.
  • In around 5 to 10% permanent psychotic symptoms occur directly after the first episode. This means that in the case of most persons afflicted permanent psychotic experiences occur only after they have had a new psychotic phase. Correspondingly, an attempt must be made above all to prevent the second but also each further psychotic episode.
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