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Psychosis as a Personal Crisis

An Experience-Based Approach

Edited by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher

© 2012 – Routledge

224 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Psychosis as a Personal Crisis seeks to challenge the way people who hear voices are both viewed and treated. This book emphasises the individual variation between people who suffer from psychosis and puts forward the idea that hearing voices is not in itself a sign of mental illness.

In this book the editors bring together an international range of expert contributors, who in their daily work, their research or their personal acquaintance, focus on the personal experience of psychosis.

Further topics of discussion include:

  • accepting and making sense of hearing voices
  • the relation between trauma and paranoia
  • the limitations of contemporary psychiatry
  • the process of recovery.

This book will be essential reading for all mental health professionals, in particular those wanting to learn more about the development of the hearing voices movement and applying these ideas to better understanding those in the voice hearing community.

Reviews

"In the entire book, there is a laudable effort to free voice hearers from social silence and stigma, and to promote their participation in self-help groups and forums with other persons who live with or lived through similar experiences. For this reason, this book is also of fundamental value for the persons who hear voices, for their family and friends. It is also necessary reading for any person interested in this innovating therapeutic avant-garde approach because the Hearing Voices Movement is one of social liberation." - Manuel González de Chávez, From the Foreword.

Table of Contents

Chávez, Foreword. Romme, Escher, Psychosis as a Personal Crisis: Introduction. Part I: Changes in Attitude. Martindale, Psychiatry at the Cross Roads. Hoffman, Changing Attitudes in a Clinical Setting. Johnstone, Voice Hearers Are People with Problems; Not Patients with Illness. Coleman, Taylor, The Process of Recovery and the Implications for Working in Psychosis. Escher, Useful Instruments for Exploring Hearing Voices and Paranoia. Part II: Relationship with Trauma or Other Live Experiences. Larkin, Read, Childhood Trauma and Psychosis: Revisiting the Evidence. Bullimore, The Relation Between Trauma and Paranoia. Romme, Personal Links Between Trauma, Distorted Emotions and Hearing Voices. Part III: Recovery Oriented Approaches. Escher, Hearing Voices in Children: The Message of the Voices. Seikkula, Alakare, Open Dialogue with Psychotic Patients and Their Families. Dillon, Longden, Hearing Voices Groups: Creating Safe Spaces to Share Taboo Experiences. May, Relating to Alternative Realities. Romme, Escher, Accepting and Making Sense of Hearing Voices. Corstens, May, Longden, Talking Directly with Voices. Kingdom, Cognitive Psychological Intervention: Understanding Psychosis and Cognitive Therapy. Garfield, Iagura, A Psychoanalytic Framework for Psychotic Experiences. Watkins, Using Medication Wisely in Treating Psychosis.

About the Editors

Marius Romme is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, UK, and Founder and Chair of Intervoice the International Association for Voice Hearers, which has networks and support groups around the world.

Sandra Escher is a former journalist and senior staff member at the Community Mental Health Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She is an honorary research fellow at Birmingham City University, UK, and Co Founder of Intervoice the International Association for Voice Hearers.

About the Series

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than five decades, during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years and there is growing international interest in a range of psychological, social and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly exploring interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard practitioners skilled in psychological therapies as an essential component of the care of people with psychosis.

A global society active in at least twenty countries, ISPS is composed of a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members. Key to its ethos is that individuals with personal experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are fully involved alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this collaboration.

ISPS’s core aim is to promote psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies, to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities. A further ambition is to draw together diverse viewpoints on psychosis and to foster discussion and debate across the biomedical and social sciences, including establishing meaningful dialogue with practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. Such discussion is now increasingly supported by empirical evidence of the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment especially in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

Ways in which ISPS pursues its aims include international and national conferences, real and virtual networks, and publication of the journal Psychosis. The book series is intended to complement these activities by providing a resource for those wanting to consider aspects of psychosis in detail. It now also includes a monograph strand primarily targeted at academics. Central to both strands is the combination of rigorous, in-depth intellectual content and accessibility to a wide range of readers. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals of all disciplines, for those developing and implementing policy, for academics in the social and clinical sciences, and for people whose interest in psychosis stems from personal or family experience. We hope that the book series will help challenge excessively biological ways of conceptualising and treating psychosis through the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas and by fostering new interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives.

For more information about ISPS, email isps@isps.org or visit our website, www.isps.org.  

For more information about the journal Psychosis visit  www.isps.org/index.php/publications/journal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY022050
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia