Anonymous asked: Writing a character who is slowly succumbing to psychosis? The novel is from her point of view and at first you can’t really tell, but as the chapters go on I want her to get worse, hallucinations, paranoia, self harm etc. However I don’t know how to portray this accurately because I don’t deal with psychosis (I do self harm, so I don’t need help on that part) Do you have any tips for writing a psychotic character?
Limyaael on LiveJournal wrote a really comprehensive guide on writing a psychotic character. There’s another great post at Worlds of Ink about writing a psychotic villain, but many of the tips apply to non-villains as well. The NHS web site has a helpful run down of what psychosis is, as well as a link to a five minute video of one patient’s own experience with psychosis. Here is a link to a TED talk about what it’s like to have a psychotic episode. Early Signs of Psychosis will give you some ideas about what she might experience near the beginning. This video simulates a psychotic episode in a patient with schizophrenia. Last but not least, this page has a lot of additional helpful information and links.