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In the mind of patients with psychosis

In the mind of patients with psychosis

It is estimated that over 2,000 Belgians are confronted for the first time with psychosis susceptibility each year. Most of them are affected by this as young adults. There is still a lot of ignorance about the disorder and there are still a lot of prejudices. We are committed to a better grasp of the subject and better patient support with an experiential labyrinth by means of virtual reality.

Sonja Willems, Managing Director Janssen Benelux, says: ‘We notice that patients don’t feel understood or supported due to a lack of knowledge and a negative image of psychosis patients. The Labyrinth Psychotica can help professional healthcare providers and the general public to experience psychosis and learn how difficult it is to function when senses are affected and realities get mixed up.’

Experiencing psychosis

The Labyrinth Psychotica enables people to experience how senses are affected and different realities blend together in a psychosis. The projects have been developed with advice from professionals and experience experts as part of an artistic promotional survey by the Dutch artist, Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a). She is highly active in the field of science and art. A personal experience from her own immediate environment spurred Jennifer to set up this project. ‘After the suicide of my sister-in-law, who suffered from schizophrenia, I wanted to understand the illness better and know exactly what went on inside her head. Via discussions with experience experts and scientists, I learnt what happens in the head, how coercive voices give orders, how all colors dazzle with equal effect, and how background sounds come in. You can experience all this with the Labyrinth Psychotica.’

’We notice that patients don’t feel understood or supported due to a lack of knowledge and a negative image of psychosis patients.

Sonja Willems

Managing Director Janssen Benelux

About psychosis

A psychosis is a mixture of five different sorts of illness symptoms. Some people have a sense of distrust, others hear voices, and still others suffer from mood swings. Lack of motivation to complete daily tasks; lack of attention and concentration or a reduced ability to make plans and to study can characterize patients. They all have a psychosis, but each with a unique mix of the symptoms. You will find more information about psychosis on www.doeeensgoedgek.be

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