What does psychosis feel like?

Prof. Femi Oyebode

In severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia the normal functioning of the mind is compromised. What does it feel like to experience delusions & hallucinations and how do they differ from ordinary beliefs & normal experiences?

Learn about this Garden Talk

It is a truism to say that the human mind is one of the most complex and extraordinary features of our existence. When it works there is a seamless and unobtrusive functioning system that allows us to effortlessly use language, to think and plan for the future and problem-solve, to sense and perceive objects in the world, and to form and maintain relationships.

In severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder, particularly in the psychoses, the normal well executed functioning of the mind is compromised. The most important of these aberrations are delusions and hallucinations. 

In this Garden Talk, Femi Oyebode, will explain and describe what mean when we talk about delusions and hallucinations, and will bring the subjective experience of having a psychological disorder to life by sharing examples from his decades of clinical practice and from literature. He will also discuss what we understand the origins of these abnormal experiences to be. Going deeper, Femi will consider whether delusions are different from ordinary beliefs and if hallucinations just part of the normal repertoire of experiences that we all have?

Talk outline


50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

About the Fellow

Prof. Femi Oyebode

Celebrated Professor of Psychiatry, poet and literary critic, Femi Oyebode has many strings to his bow. With over 40 years of clinical experience, he bring his expertise in studying psychoses with his passion for medicine, philosophy and language.

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