Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Mental illness comes in many forms; not all who suffer from a disorder suffer the same way. Psychosis is something that anyone, whether they have a mental disorder or not, can experience when pushed too far. Psychosis is a mental breakdown; a person suffering from psychosis often hallucinates, becomes delusional, paranoid, hears voices, sees, smells, tastes things no one else can, believes people are out to harm them, thoughts and ideas are different. Psychosis often presents itself with mental disorders such as bipolar, depression, ADHD and schizophrenia.
More often than not, psychosis is mistaken for drug use/abuse and treated as such by first responders and medical personnel. This can create more trauma for the person and push them deeper into psychosis. We need our first responders (police and fire), as well as medical personnel, better educated on what psychosis looks like and how to treat it. Far too many people suffering from psychosis have been misdiagnosed as “drug use/abuse” and are left alone to suffer in silence. This needs to change.