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"Psychosis Treatment and Care"

About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services / Sligo Adult Community Mental Health Services

(as a service user),

I developed psychosis in 2019 after a particularly stressful period in my life.  Prior to that I had been functioning well and never had any mental health issues,apart from occasional periods of anxiety.  My GP referred me to the Mental Health service and I was seen very quickly.  I was diagnosed with psychosis which came as a shock to me and was started on antipsychotic medication and referred to EIP.. I was experiencing delusions and was very paranoid and anxious this was very frightening.   I lost all my self confidence and my ability to preform simple tasks.  Everything was challenging..

I started CBT which I found extremely helpful. Even though it took time  I started to understand how my thoughts, emotions and behaviours affect one another.  I also had unusual beliefs from childhood which I am learning to challenge.  My CBT therapist was excellent as well as my Psychiatrist and Key worker. I wasn't working and My IPS employment specialist helped me to find a job that was less stressful than my previous job,  (which is better for my mental health. ) I thought that been diagnosed with Psychosis meant that I couldn't lead a normal life again, but thanks to the Eolas programme I was able to meet service users who had recovered and we're leading full lives.  This gave me great hope.  My outlook on life has changed greatly and my life has improved dramatically, since becoming involved with the Mental Health Service and EIP. All of the staff I have met have been so kind and Professional and I am extremely grateful to the Mental Health Service.  I got my life back thanks to them!

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