"Maybe He Was in Love With You?": How to Talk With People in Psychosis

May-May Meijer; Femke Meijer


Schizophr Bull. 2020;46(1):6-8. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


May-May Meijer has been suffering from psychoses and mania for 10 years. She also suffered 8 years from depression until her medication was scaled down. During these intensely difficult periods her sister, Femke Meijer, always stood by her side. During May-May's depressions, Femke called her every day. The strong bond between the sisters grew even stronger over the years. Femke, who has an MA degree in psychology, intuitively applies a caring cognitive behavioral approach to help her elder sister when she suffers from psychosis. This contributed to her recovery, and she is still using it when May-May has a slight setback.

In this article, we stress the need for love and care, applying caring cognitive (behavioral) talking skills when communicating with people who suffer from a psychosis, talking on equal footing with psychotic people and building trust. We hope that we can help people suffering from psychosis and their family members, psychiatrists and nurses by sharing our experiences.