Re: Mid-life psychosis
Hi Morganmaryn, Your situation is the first time I've come across someone in a similar situation to mine. Partner middle-aged acute psychosis. You will find in my situation that I wrote on healthboards a few years back as my wife began to behave a bit strange but not in a way that I recognised as being ill. Anway you can see my `case' at
If my pasted link does not work you can search for the topic:
Wife with acute psychosis in early 50s
THe part I identify with particularly (apart from acute psychosis in mid-age - which is, I'm told relatively rare) is the unhappiness with the help you have been given from the professionals. In my case, my wife insisted on non-disclosure of info to me (as she suspected me at the root of the problem). I understood about the guidelines on confidentiality (and that the staff can not disclose information specific to their patient), but I read the guidelines carefully and there is a lot they can tell. They can tell you a lot about, in general, your partner's condition, how it is being treated, what to expect, how you can help. In my case they would not, despite me quoting passages from the published confidentiality guidelines. I know how to ask for things, but I met a brick wall there, even after official complaints.
I have learned (fortunately I have some friends with professional knowledge and practical experience) how to respond to my wife when anything has come up. One has to tread a path between acknowledging your partner's beliefs but letting him know (gently) that that is not how u see things.
I'm sure all the other people's advice is well worth considering, though you may well not find a cause (in my wife's case she has taken a medication around the time things got much worse which is associated with inducing psychosis, but when I checked the dates, it had all started before). Finding a cause would be great, but you may well have to settle for finding how to manage things instead.
In the meantime, I try to carry on with my life. I'm lucky that my wife seems to be able to do everything else she was doing without major problems - back at her part-time work, household stuff, looking as caringly as ever after sons - just me he problem (which hurts), even taking a holiday.
But there are some tiny good signs the last few days. Small, but significant ones, too early to celebrate, but they were glimpses of old self.
Oh yeh, I wanted to emphasise, I feel there should be information particularly on the topic of how to communicate with people with psychoses. There are a lot support services and groups for carers but in my various attendance at meetings there seems to be a general ignorance about this - everyone handles their family member individually but without any supporting professional advice.
Last edited by dexer; 01-30-2012 at 02:20 AM.
Reason: Additional statement