Articles, Reading

About psychosis.


Blog posts about 'History Beyond Trauma' by Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudillière

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Opinion Piece: 
'Risk of relapse in psychosis: facing the fear, resisting mental illness'; 
Chrys Muirhead, Psychosis Journal, October 2017:

In my experience psychosis was a journey from one place to another, necessary and transitional, in response to life trauma. I believe that we are all on the psychosis spectrum but only some of us will require respite and a break from everyday existence. Preferably a safe haven and secure base from which we can rise again, stronger than before, wiser and more able to face the next challenge that life brings to us.


Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia:   

"Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality …and what can help.

An overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness." 

Edited by Anne Cooke 

"This report describes a psychological approach to experiences that are commonly thought of as psychosis, or sometimes schizophrenia. It complements parallel reports on the experiences commonly thought of as bipolar disorder and depression.
  • Hearing voices or feeling paranoid are common experiences which can often be a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation. Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and disadvantages.
  • There is no clear dividing line between ‘psychosis’ and other thoughts, feelings and beliefs: psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness. Significant progress has been made over the last twenty years both in understanding the psychology of these experiences and in finding ways to help.
  • Some people find it useful to think of themselves as having an illness. Others prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without. ..."


Staying Well After Psychosis
Gumley & Schwannauer, 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

Blog page with notes and tweets while studying this book 2016/17  

"psychosis an integrative and collective term ... a range of human experiences"

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