Medicated and institutionalised for most of her life, Ms Lampshire has always struggled with psychosis, a mental health condition that affects around 3 per cent of the population.
People with psychosis lose contact with reality, changing the way they think and behave. Ms Lampshire says, for her, seeking treatment was “like surrendering your life”.
“What can happen when you come to services is that people start writing. They write notes or whatever and they start writing your life. And then you take that on as a reality,” she says.
She says being in a mental institution made her madness worse. Although her psychosis would come and go, she was locked in a place where madness was all there was.
“My experience was that you are going to deteriorate in that environment. This is what we are challenging now,” she says.
“I’ve learned to manage with the help of the people I trust.”
The Hillsborough resident says she h:s been well only when someone has really listened to her story. 1
Recently, she put that down on paper, and it appears in a book called Experiencing Psychosis.
It combines personal stories with research, uniting 27 contributors from eight countries.
See article from “The Auklander” 19/11/20011″ here