This is what “psychotic” is for my family

Gavin allowed me to record him playing cards with his friend Spirit, Tails, Knuckles and Amy.  In case you’re wondering, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes.  The are characters are only visible by Gavin.

This short video is meant to help you better understand what psychosis translates to in real life. 

Granted, everyone is different but the basic premise is the same.  The person in question loses touch with reality. 

This is not a vivid imagination and this diagnosis has a very long documented and heartbreaking clinical diagnosis. This video is safe to view at work. There is no violence at all.  Gavin just talks about his friends and what they are doing. 



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  • lostandtired says:

    julh AMDuser pegster999 HandbookMomma dotdash @Michele Sterling thank you all very much. We’re sound the best we can.

  • julh says:

    God he sounds so grown up now! Out of curiosity, how much of Gavin’s behaviour/presentation is actually of a child on the spectrum anymore? Or does he predominately present with more RAD/Schizoaffective characteristics?

    • lostandtired says:

      julh that’s a good question and part of what makes him so complex.  Many of the symptoms overlap each other. We are seeking the more serious mental health issues taking a front row seat anymore.

  • AMDuser says:

    The movie comes to mind is A Beautiful Mind
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Beautiful_Mind_(film)

  • pegster999 says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is interesting. I understand what you are saying about this now. Best for everyone he does this in private.

  • HandbookMomma says:

    Thank you for sharing – there are sometimes that its easier to see in order to understand. I remember in doing case studies that juvenile schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder is so rare that doctors have difficulty in the diagnoses and do tend to see it as an over active imagination.

  • HandbookMomma says:

    Thank you for sharing – there are sometimes that its easier to see in order to understand. I remember in doing case studies that juvenile schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder is so rare that doctors have difficulty in the diagnoses and do tend to see it as an over active imagination.

  • dotdash says:

    You do a good job taking all that in without judgment or (expressed) fear.  Good for you.

  • Lost and Tired says:

    Gavin’s 13 and was diagnosed something like 4 years or so ago. It’s extremely rare and most professionals will never see a case in their career. Gavin’s doctor happens to specialize in childhood schizophrenia. He said it was something like 1/200000 kids are diagnosed.

  • Michele Sterling says:

    I’m not sure if she follows your FB or blog, I’m sharing so she can get some other perspective.

  • Michele Sterling says:

    So it’s not impossible….her daughter is only 9, could explain the hesitancy to dx as schizoaffective…

  • Lost and Tired says:

    Yes and Yes. Not so much lately though. He’s been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. 🙁

  • Michele Sterling says:

    So this is more “imaginary friends” type play, in his own “world”? Does he ever “hear voices”? Do they tell him to do things or does he blame them for doing things? Just curious. I have a cousin whose daughter has primary dx of ASD, but says she hears voices in her head. Docs say its not schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder.

  • Lost and Tired says:

    Throughout the day. We’ve had to confine him to his room when he wants to do this because it’s confusing for is brothers. Plus it gives him some privacy.

  • Michele Sterling says:

    Interesting. How often does he interact with them?