Mary Ellen experienced positive psychosis while in South East Asia. Unfortunately she was drugged up on western medication such as haloperidol, olanzapine and abilify and suffered post-psychotic depression as the drugs made her extremely lethargic and gain 20 lbs of fat. She pulled through this difficult time and eventually got training on her own for triathlons. Depression usually occurs following a blip of mental health as drug induced therapy makes people extremely tired and usually they gain weight which adds to the vicious circle. Many people who have suffered psychosis or schizophrenia choose not to use drug therapy and recover fully through the WRAP approach which involves a good healthy diet, plenty of exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy.
WRAP is the wellness recovery action plan.
Drugs have many nasty side effects and patients unfortunately need to be monitored quite regularly. These include but are not limited to:
Drug-induced parkinson’s disease