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Psychosis Risk and Experience of the Self
Understanding the Individual Development of Psychosis as a Basic Self-disturbance

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ISBN 9780367651145
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Møller sheds light on the inner aspects of psychosis and psychosis risk, and its core experiential phenomena as a method of understanding the individual early psychosis development.

The book details how such experiences might take shape in the human mind and how a better understanding achieved through detailed clinical conversations can lead to earlier detection and improved interventions. Møller also outlines the subjectivity model and presents a broad review of different treatment approaches and settings, in which work with distributed self-experience could be integrated, including psychotherapy, in-patient milieu therapy, supportive treatments, psychoeducational family work, local networking and medication.

"Psychosis Risk and Experience of the Self" will prove essential for experienced and specialised clinicians as well as the more generally interested reader.

Table of Contents

A Central Conversation  Use of the term schizophrenia  1. An initial aerial view of the field, then heading for the inside  2. To understand is a universal human need  3. The prodromal phenomena illuminate the core of existence- aiding the understanding of psychosis  4. The problem of defining the prodromal phase  5. The view of science determines the view of psychosis  6. Subjectivity  7. The self and basic self-disturbance  8. Diagnostics, phenomenology and the EASE manual in the field of psychosis risk  9. The five domains of the EASE manual  10. The view of psychosis treatment among professionals and health authorities is changing  11. What about other models of understanding and theraputic approaches to psychosis? Do they use subjectivity, self-experience or self-understanding as explicit concepts?  12. Self-disturbance as part of a wider treatment context  13. Conversation and phenomenology  14. Theraputic effects and obstacles  15. Approaches and settings in treatment directed as basic self-disturbances  16. Outline of a pragmatic seven-step treatment module  17. Implementing the subjectivity model

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Paul Møller, DrMedSci, is a consultant psychiatrist and is Research Director and Head of Department of Research and Development for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction at Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Norway.


"This marvellous book shows us that going 'back to basics' (the central role in psychiatry of conversation and close listening) can point the way forward for developing a more satisfactory understanding of psychosis and what to address in treatment. The content and writing style will appeal to a broad audience- clinicians, researchers and interested general readers alike. Highly recommend"

Professor Barnaby Nelson, Head Ultra High Risk for Psychosis Program, Orygen, The University of Melbourne.

"This is an amazing cartography of the multiple shades and experiential layers that lie at the core of emerging psychosis, as well as an inspiring map for all those genuinely interested in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia. Over and above the in-depth clinical insights, Paul Møller offers something even more unique and rare in the contemporary literature landscape: a meditated distillate of clinical experience, interhuman curiosit and theraputic touch"

Andrea Rabello, MD, PHD Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Depeartment of Biomedicine, University of Italian Switzerland. Lugano, Italy.