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about

a little background about myself

I was born and brought up in the East End of London, I was the youngest of three siblings and I lived in an extended family with my parents & grandparents. I am Married with no children and live now on the outskirts of Essex, I worked as a I.T Professional for 20 years, the last 7-8 years I have been doing varied jobs from Uber, Pizza Delivery, Telecommunications Engineer to name but a few, I was subconsciously in the process of finding myself and what path I should follow. Writing has always been a passion of mine and through my life story and research about Mental Health I thought blogging would be a perfect medium to reach out to educate and help and to try to make people understand the intricacies of Psychosis and dispel myths and preconceived ideas surrounding the illness.

my education

I did not do to well at school and left at the age of sixteen with 8 CSE’s to attend West Ham College where I managed to scrape together five ‘o’ levels and then went on to attend East Ham College where after failing the first year A level course, I was directed by one of the lecturers to study a HITECC Diploma in Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

I had attended four Universities but dropped out of them all without attaining a degree, in 1994 at the age of 24 while attending one of the Universities I suffered my first Psychotic episode and was put on medication, Halorperidol ( antipsychotic ) & Procycladine ( to counter the side effects of Halorperidol ). That was the beginning of the rollercoaster ride, the different types of medication and hospital admissions.

psychosis and treatment

I have been under the British NHS Mental Health System for 22 years and have been admitted into most of the Mental Hospitals of East London.

As a ‘User’ of the British NHS Mental Health System, I take this opportunity to put my side of the story forward and to describe my thoughts and feelings towards Psychosis and it’s treatment and how it shaped and affected my life for good and bad.  

I hope this website blog is thought provoking and beneficial for you as it has been therapeutic for me to write. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions please send them to me on the Contact page and I will aim to reply to them as quickly as possible.

Thank You

D.DaSilva

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