Re: I need your input!! 1st use = induced psychosis
My friend has had several psychosis (for four of them she has been in a psychiatric hospital) over the years since she was nineteen. She had been using lsd before her first psychosis and she has been using it now and then since. She's 29 now and she, for one, is convinced that her use of lsd hasn't caused the psychosis. She states that psychosis and a lsdtrip are completely different experiences that have some of the same charachteristics (for example neurologically) but that the link between the two is completely overrated. When experiencing a psychosis after the use of lsd one probably was going to suffer a psychosis sooner or later anyway, is her opinion. She therefore never quit using lsd and in her case a lsdtrip has never caused a psychosis shortly after use. Brain scientists too are still undecided whether lsd can cause a psychosis with each individual, and if it indeed does whether it then only causes a psychosis shortly after use (as in your friend's case) or is capable of causing a psychosis in the years to come. I'm telling you this because it's quite strange that my friend can take lsd without suffering a psychosis whilst she's sensible to psychosis, and because I've worriedly witnessed her on some of her trips and I've noticed nothing that resembles a psychosis in her response to the drug: that's why I asked her about it.
She also told me about all the different chronic diseases that feature psychosis: there's manic depression or bipolic disorder, there's schizophrenia and there's borderline disorder: each comes with psychosis. But please don't be too worried: my friend hasn't been diagnosed either of them over all these years, her medical file vaguely reports "a sensibility for psychosis", which isn't so strange considering how little we know about the human brain. Also she asked me to try to put your mind at ease about your friend by stating that it's perfectly possible to have a nice and normal life after suffering a psychosis, and if the person thereby accepts taking a small dosis of anti'psychotics daily he or she can prevent psychosis' to come alltogether. My friend takes 10 mg a day of a relatively new medicine called Abilify, which doesn't have the downer-effect that most antipsychotics are famous of, and makes it possible for her to prevent psychosis and feel her normal self at the same time. She hasn't had a psychosis in years now and she also reports about how she has learned to sense a coming psychosis at forehand, due to experience, so that she can take her precautionary measures (extra medication, more sleep, aso) early enough. But maybe your friend only needs to avoid lsd in the future to be perfectly sound, maybe she's only extremely sensitive to lsd.
Conclusion: Having or having had a psychosis can be quite a shock at first but luckily there's measures you can take to prevent it in the future!
ps my friend needed quite some time to accept the fact she needed some sort of medication in order for her brain to function correctly. Imagine this yourself and you'll understand this can't be easy to accept. But because the illness kept coming back she accepted this eventually, and since her decision her life quikly went back to normal again. The more times you have a psychosis, her doctor said, the higher the risk of permanent damage to the brain; damage that reveals itself to the outside world clearly, by the way, in drastic character changes. You could tell your friend this medical fact if you want to try to persuade her to take her pills.
Wishing you strength,