If you don’t understand what experience they are having — you may wonder if they are “out of touch with reality”. That’s conventionally thought of as a symptom of psychosis, and/or severe mental disorder.
When that person is unable to go to work or attend school, and isn’t up for regular household or child-caring tasks — it can be very disruptive and inconvenient, too.
Make sure your loved one is not suffering from a biological issue, like a brain tumor. It’s very important to have the person get a physical check-up with a qualified medical doctor.
If your loved one is responding to any impulses to hurt themselves or others — be sure that they are in a safe place so they will not act on these impulses. Hospitalization may be necessary.
If the person is not getting adequate rest, i.e. not sleeping for days on end, they may need a pill to help them sleep. A local health food store can supply you with gentle ways to encourage sleep, e.g. teas or homeopathic remedies. If these are inadequate, ask your trusted healthcare provider to supply your loved one with a medication to induce sleep and be sure to follow the directions carefully.
If the person is not eating healthy foods or drinking water to sustain themselves, they may need extra care — to encourage these life sustaining activities.
Ideally, friends and family will educate themselves about spiritual emergency and psychosis so that a diagnosis of severe mental illness is not made nor is the person hospitalized when it is not appropriate. Either one of these can lead to severe and lasting trauma for the individual.
That said, it is possible that your loved one may be experiencing blissful spiritual experiences and then psychological turmoil. At some point the disturbing experiences need to be worked with — but hospitalization and primarily psychiatric medication are usually not the ideal place for this as they provide limited options for therapy.
If your loved one is at home and wants to share with others to help with the integration of their experiences, contact a certified “Spiritual Emergence Coach®” to participate in a support group or receive personal coaching or counseling from someone qualified to help.
NOTE: Many of these resources utilize restrictive interventions, like active rescues (wellness or welfare checks) involving law enforcement or emergency services. If this is a concern for you, you can ask if this is a possibility at any point in your conversation. Trans Lifeline does not implement restrictive interventions for suicidal people without express consent. A warmline is also less likely to do this, but you may want to double-check their policies.
If your loved one is not a threat to themselves or others but needs some “time out” — with someone watching to see they are OK and providing companionship — there are good options. Some are community-based, state sponsored, and inexpensive. Others are fee-based and may or may not take health insurance.
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