A psychotic episode left Andrew Field confused and isolated from reality and the people around him. In this eight-part comic he shares his experiences of being immersed in a delusional state, and his painful struggle to resolve the mismatch between reality and belief. With the aid of medical treatment, he began to rediscover the joys of a shared experience.
Walled in by psychosis
When you enter a psychotic state, you become increasingly isolated from the world around you.
Disembodied and alone
Psychosis cuts you off from yourself. You become separated from both your body and your identity.
I was hallucinating
That moment when you realise that no one else sees what you see is when the dissonance becomes unbearable.
A glimpse of reality
As reality starts to break through your delusion you question everything you're hearing.
From psychotic to patient
And as the outside world seeps into your delusion, you experience a new reality and you gain a new identity.
While hospital routine and meds get to work on the psychosis, you can start to draw the threads of your life back together.