Garrison’s Story: Navigating Recovery from Psychosis

by | Apr 24, 2023 | Friends & Family, Stories, Teens & Young Adults, Videos

Garrison shares his experience of hearing voices and rediscovering himself.

Transcript:

GARRISON:

I had hallucinations that were conjured up by my brain. And I felt like I knew more than I could handle, and none of it was real. And over time, I just grew to be a different person. My mom noticed a change in my attitude. It was very disruptive, kind of rude. With that type of personality, that’s not who I am. So when she noticed that change, it kind of brought attention like, hey, we need to go seek medical attention together. A stressor for me was initially going to the psychiatric hospital because I had to be there alone, and I didn’t know that was a journey. I had to go through on my own. Knowing that there are these other options, if I had a choice, I would choose, Navigate because it really has been my support system. Those meetings, those check-ins, it kind of just reminds me that people are out there looking out for me. Specifically the therapy. It really does shed light on who I am, what I want to stand for. And these thoughts, these emotions I had, these mental problems that were affecting me, they used to be very, very controlling. And now I feel like I have more control over it. It feels like it’s worth trying the next day. And I’d rather be here if I were to go through a worst case scenario. There is no easy way to ask for help, but if you never take the first step, then you will always be dealing with the problem.

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