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© Anoiksis 2014
Mette Lansen, chair of Anoiksis
Femke van Gent
Stefan de Meza
With thanks to:
Christine, Carola, Peter, Lucy, Bill, Renée, Joris,
Esther and Elsa
This brochure was written for and by people who are susceptible to psychosis.
Psychosis susceptibility can lead to various diagnoses, such as schizophrenia and
schizo-affective disorder.These diagnoses are reached on the basis of the symp-
toms someone has and how long these symptoms have been present.Although
the categories in this model are debatable, doctors use them to decide which
treatment is most likely to be successful. Such diagnoses themselves have little
predictive value as the development of the disorder is different in each case.
Because schizophrenia in particular is a much misused and thus loaded term,
Anoiksis prefers to speak of ‘psychosis susceptibility’.
In this booklet we are looking for the points of contact between the knowledge
and experience of experts on the one hand and the experiences of people with
this susceptibility on the other hand.We approach this every time in the same
way: first a personal experience, then observations looking at the root cause and
some suggestions of how to deal with difficult situations.The experiences
describe situations that people with a susceptibility to psychosis can find them-
selves facing.You are likely to recognise yourself more in one story than another.