Being diagnosed with Psychosis an enduring and severe mental health issue to most people is a conviction to a life of misery, hopelessness and cognitive bankruptcy is not a overstatementHowever I decided from my first psychotic episode in 1993 that I will not allow my life to be ruined by my diagnosis. Optimism and Hope became my two favourite words. I was determined to fight this scourge from day one.
I must confess it was at first Achilles Heel But a combination of the following factors enabled me to live a purposeful, fulfilling, meaningful and satisfying life. Adhering strictly to my prescribed medical intervention which were both psychological and pharmacological inputs. Listening to all genre of music help me to manage my symptoms. Work. I was taught by my late father that "There is no food for a lazy man" at a very tender age. Being able to work enabled me and helps in my recovery journey. Caveat is impossible to work when overwhelmed with both positive and negative symptoms.
Excellent protective factors. Especially my wife and children who supported me and accepted my diagnosis. Education. I knew from my pre morbid state that knowledge is the key to empowerment. Reading law and qualifying as a nurse gave me the necessary and pertinent armoury in my intellectual arsenal to fight my diagnosis. Always remember the foregoing is not a magic bullet but it helped in my recovery journey. I have a very strong personality and tend to thrive in adversity and calamity. We at Johnson Ozegin Foundation urge you to avoid self-fulfilling prophesy and self defeatism instead replace it with Optimism and Hope.