What Does “Responding” Mean?

Nurses and doctors will often describe a patient’s behavior as responding. The patient is “responding to unseen (or internal) stimuli.”

While it is difficult to know if another person is having psychotic experiences, often a persons behavior can suggest that a psychotic experience is occurring. The indicative behaviors could include appearing to watch something that others cannot see, speaking or laughing when no-one else is around, or simply unusual behavior you might not expect, such as walking backwards.

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