Having been diagnosed as having cannabis induced psychosis over 10 years ago I  have just suffered another attack.  This time I have been diagnosed with brief psychotic reaction to stress.  I really want to avoid suffering another attack.  I have been told I don't have schzioprenia and it is highly unlikely that I have bi-polar.  Are there any support groups out there for people who have had similar experiences?

Louisa3 Louisa3
36-40, F
5 Responses Feb 25, 2010

It's weird that so many people have this experience, yet very little can be found out about it. I think I was unlucky to have this happen again. Many people do have a one off incident. I was in my 20s when I had my first one. I am now in my 40s. Since my post in 2010 it hasn't happened again. I do various things to look after myself. I do work full time and have a full life. I'd be interested in setting up a support group. Given the shame around this illness I wouldn't really want to advertise it on a meet up!!

I had the same of you. I had been smoking cannabis for long period of time through 8 years, and I had psychosis 2 times in short period of time. now I'm taking risperidon (medicine) and I have sure that was because cannabis. I don't wanna belive that I have schizophrenia and I hope never smoke again to see if will happen.

Sorry to hear you have had a couple of incidents. I on medication too - quetiapine - and am frightened to stop unless it reoccurs. I don't have any side effects and I think about it much like taking medication for any other illness. For me it was important to have therapy too, it's made me much stronger emotionally and I believe this will help prevent relapse. I haven's smoked since. It's possible that you hadn't fully recovered first off. Well done for giving up cannabis.

Hi I've also had a psychotic attack, I was hospitalized for over a week. I have the diagnosis of a single psychotic attack, but I'm afraid and wondering if it will occur again. I've never smoked cannabis though. I've searching for information online, but they mainly talk about schizophrenia, which I don't have.

Thanks for your email. Sorry about delay in response. I hope you remained well. I'd love to know how you are doing.

Thi is the best support group I know that is free. You can go on and set up groups there.

I have been looking for a support group also i went into an intense pyschosis while travlling In Germany, I stopped sleeping completley and had a very crazy exp but i cant seem to find any support i was hoping this site might be able to help

Yes I was on a kibbutz in Israel when it happened to me too. I also stopped sleeping and had a very crazy exp too. I have some emergency sleeping pills, which I can take if I am worried I wasn't sleeping. I'm sure the combination of lack of sleep and stress (including good stress) is linked to relapse, so it's good to look after yourself. Sorry for delay, but I didn't realise anyone had replied. I'd be interested in setting up support.