"Maybe He Was in Love With You?": How to Talk With People in Psychosis

May-May Meijer; Femke Meijer


Schizophr Bull. 2020;46(1):6-8. 

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Background Information About May-May

May-May Meijer was working as an assistant professor at the working group on Philanthropy at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, active in foreign politics, and advisor for an endowment on microcredits, when she got suspicious in 2005. This lead to forced hospitalization for 6 months in 2009, a short stay in solitary and the diagnosis "schizophrenia." Her husband divorced from her, she hardly saw her son, quit her job and felt lonely. She also suffered heavily from the side effects of the medicines which resulted in severe depression, vomiting, weight gain (~40 pounds), sleeping a lot (~13 h a day, sometimes even 15 h) and severe loss of energy. In the second phase of her psychoses, she was in (forced) hospitalization for 4 months and had a short stay in solitary that followed in October 2013 till the beginning of February 2014. Her diagnosis was changed. She has a vulnerability for psychoses and mania. In a previous article, "Mum you will get better" for Schizophrenia Bulletin, she elaborated upon what helped her deal with it.