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Be aware of psychosis, a mental health problem being talked about in the aftermath of Burari mass deaths
It is pertinent to know about psychosis in the aftermath of the Burari mass deaths and the dominant emergent view has emerged that the Bhatia family, whose 11 members were found dead on 1 July in their house under mysterious circumstances could have been suffering from 'shared psychosis' – a mental health problem.

Psychosis is regarded as a mental illness or a mental disorder which makes a person unable to distinguish between the real and unreal. It is an acute irrational state of mind. A person suffering from psychosis shows the primary symptoms of seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear.

Some exhibit incoherent and inappropriate speech and social behaviours, while others feign sane behaviour or withdraw from the world and society. Many others may have disturbed sleep and inactivity even in daily life chores.

Psychosis as a mental illness can have different causes such as bipolar disorder, acute or chronic medical conditions, central nervous system diseases, drug addiction and alcoholism.

The noted psychologist Sigmund Freud has described psychosis as an analogous outcome of a similar disturbance in relation between the ego and its environment or the outer world.

Stephen Richards in his book ‘Insanity: My Mad Life’ writes, “Insanity is a very lonely and empty existence - it’s painfully true. They may laugh and smile, and skip and dance, but behind all the faces there is hollowness like a bottomless pit. The living dead, depression is a terrible illness, so is psychosis, the mentally inflicted beyond cure.” 

Writer Philip K Dick in his book ‘The Man in the High Castle’ writes, “A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power. How long have we known this? Faced this? And, how many of us do know it?”  The perspective perhaps is that the way children are brought up and educated, everyone has a degree or level of psychosis. No one is purely sane and many of them in them get into position of power many of their decisions are irrational. 

Perhaps keeping in view the shared psychotic disorder leading to self-harm or taking collective extreme steps, writer Christian Baloga wrote, “Minds that have withered into psychosis are far more terrifying than any character of fiction.” 

A true spiritualist can also be seen as the wise extreme of the psychotic in which the person has risen beyond the level of rationality to intellectualism to wisdom to bliss. Perhaps keeping this view, Joseph Campbell in his work ‘Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness’ writes “The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”

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