Many of us may have to face stressful events during life. How we are affected by these events depends on our vulnerability limit and our coping mechanisms. Both vulnerability-stress models and cognitive-behavioral theories of psychosis consider biological, psychological, and social factors together as determinants of our vulnerability limit. This point of view enables us to handle the psychotic disorders as a continuity of normality. In addition, coping mechanisms have an important role in the maintenance and/or recovery of psychotic symptoms. Therefore, the objective of this chapter is to summarize coping-related explanations that facilitate understanding the symptomatology of psychosis and defining the adaptive ways to challenge it.
Part of the book: Psychosis