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TOPIC: Psychosis & Mental Health
#195767
Bookworm

Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
Should people With psychosis or severe mental health be stopped from driving?

If they are unfit for work are they also unfit to drive? Or raise a child?

Or those who go around in groups causing harm for money and fame?

Discuss.
 
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#195768
Honey

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
In general, no of course they shouldn't be stopped. Why would they be? Most people function very well with medication and support.
But every case is different.

Why are you asking? Is it something in the news?
 
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#195770
Jo

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
If their symptoms are not under control or are likely to flare up and they could cause harm to themselves or others, then a temporary driving ban and removal of children might be the best thing. But I think your question assumes that people know what psychosis means. I'm certainly no expert but unfortunately know more about it than I once did, having experienced an episode of psychosis out of the blue for several days a few years ago. This culminated in a suicide attempt because I thought my town had been taken over by Islamic State, followed by a month in hospital. The best way I could describe it was as a waking nightmare of fear and paranoia where my worst imaginings became real and events and things people said, coupled with visual and auditory hallucinations, were woven into a nightmarish narrative. Using the internet, watching TV and reading didn't help, as what I read/heard fed into my delusions and I was reading hidden and double meanings into everything. The solution was the hospital stay, big doses of psychiatric medication which eliminated the paranoia/delusions/hallucinations and various activities, including info sessions on psychosis. The medication was gradually reduced and I'm still on a low dose of it and am hoping the problem doesn't recur, as I wouldn't wish the experience on my worst enemy.

For anyone in a similar situation, the only thing I could suggest is to take the advice of experts, doctors, etc. They're there to help and are not out to get you. Your thoughts may not reflect reality.
 
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#195773
Jo

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
Edit: advising someone to stop driving might have to do with side-effects of medication. This is about the one I take:

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. Because olanzapine may cause somnolence and dizziness, patients should be cautioned about operating machinery, including motor vehicles.
www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3095/smpc

There's also this government guidance:

Psychiatric disorders: assessing fitness to drive

It lists various mental illnesses and for "acute psychotic disorder" says "Must not drive during acute illness and must notify the DVLA".
 
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#195775
Bookworm

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
Interesting response Jo.

I was told to see a psychiatrist when I reported strange occurrences.
I went for the sake of fucking showing it up for what it is and I don't trust psychology because mind control plays a huge part in keeping people sick.

My own psychologist told me ( whilst sat in my home) how when they started their job, they felt somebody was messing with them through the media to the point it made her ill.

Now, their diagnosis of me was nothing other than a little bit eccentric.
Now, my concern is, did they go to the authorities about their own experience because if not, the only diagnosis I can conclude for them is: Useless c**t!

It's no wonder Diana ended up dead.

Why can people declared fit for voluntary work or community work and cleaning shop windows but not work?

As a single parent who has suffered immense pressure, I have to keep going.
 
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#195777
Jo

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
In my experience, it was a psychiatrist/psychiatric unit that gave me the help I needed and got me back on an even keel. In fact, got me feeling much better than I had in years. IMHO, I'd listen to your psychiatrist and let them help you.
 
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#195788
Bookworm

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
I called Bullshit on it all Jo.
I didn't need a psychiatrist.

It was vile tactics being used against me because Police and officials were dropped in it. This was also acknowledged by the psychiatrist.

I was also assessed by a police assigned psychiatrist who acknowledged I had a lot of problems caused by idiots whilst I was trying to raise my kids alone. They also spoke to somebody official who knew some of it .

People stand to gain nothing by trying to claim to be an expert on my life.

I was told "Let people say what they want about you. They will pay for it though."
Names of people who have harmed me are in my medical notes.
 
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#195790
Honey

Re:Psychosis & Mental Health 1 Week ago  
Bookworm, If I was you I would take Jo's advice and go along with what the experts recommend.
I do understand your feelings about the situation being caused by other people's failings, but what is important at the moment is getting you well again.
Put yourself first.
 
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