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This booklet

Psychosis? Me?

is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution

NonCommercial NoDerivatives 4.0 license.This means that you can reproduce and

share this work as long as you mention us as its creator.You cannot use this booklet for

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Contribution towards the cost of this publication is optional.

© Anoiksis 2014

Project leader:

Mette Lansen, chair of Anoiksis


Jenny Rietdijk


Femke van Gent

Graphic Design:

Wouter Berkes


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.