Psychosis and Emotion

The role of emotions in understanding psychosis, therapy and recovery

Edited by Andrew I. Gumley, Alf Gillham, Kathy Taylor, Matthias Schwannauer

© 2013 – Routledge

200 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415570428
pub: 2013-07-01
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About the Book

There is increasing recognition that emotional distress plays a significant part in the onset of psychosis, the experience of psychosis itself and in the unfolding of recovery that follows. This book brings together leading international experts to explore the role of emotion and emotion regulation in the development and recovery from psychosis.

Psychosis and Emotion offers extensive clinical material and cutting-edge research with a focus on:

the diverse theoretical perspectives on the importance of emotion in psychosis

the interpersonal, systemic and organisational context of recovery from psychosis and the implications for emotional distress

the implications of specific perspectives for promoting recovery from psychosis

With thorough coverage of contemporary thinking, including psychoanalytic, cognitive, developmental, evolutionary and neurobiological, this book will be a valuable resource to clinicians and psychological therapists working in the field.

Table of Contents

Gumley, Gillham, Taylor, Schwannauer, Psychosis and Emotion: The Role of Emotions in Understanding Psychosis, Therapy and Recovery. Moskowitz, Heim, Affect, Dissociation, Psychosis: Essential Components of the Historical Concept of Schizophrenia. Garfield, Simon, Ramachandran. Psychosis and the Human Affective Environment. Dilks, Linking Dialogue and Emotion in Therapy in Psychosis. Harder, Lysaker,Narrative Coherence and Recovery of Self-Experience in Integrative Psychotherapy. Schwannauer, Attachment, Mentalisation and Reflective Functioning in Psychosis. Hinshelwood,Suffering the Impact. Psychosis and the Professional Care-Giver. Campbell, Byrne, Morrison, Discrimination About Psychosis: Stigma, Emotions and Changing Emotional Attitudes About Psychosis to Improve Outcomes. Burbach, Towards a Systemic Understanding of Family Emotional Atmosphere and Outcome After Psychosis. Patterson, Attachment, Loss and Expressed Emotion – Developmental Processes in Psychosis. Robbins, Affect, Emotion and the Psychotic Mind. Gumley, Birchwood,Subordination, Submission and the Evolution of Depression After Psychosis. White, Laithwaite, Gilbert,Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia: The Role of Social Defeat.

About the Editors

Andrew Gumley is Professor of Psychological Therapy in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

Alf Gillham is a retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

Kathy Taylor is a psychoanalyst working in private practice and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in homelessness and psychosis services in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Matthias Schwannauer is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

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 fifty years during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. The tide has been turning in recent years and there is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors that have considerable explanatory power and therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly expecting 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.

ISPS is a global society. It aims to promote psychological and social approaches both to understanding and to treating psychosis. It also aims to bring together different perspectives on these issues. ISPS is composed of individuals, networks and institutional members from a wide range of backgrounds and is especially concerned that those with personal experience of psychosis and their family members are fully involved in our activities alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this. Our members recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities.

We are also most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. There is increasing empirical evidence for the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment, and there are important examples of the impact of life experiences in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

ISPS activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups. Routledge has recognised the importance of our field in publishing both the book series and the ISPS journal: Psychosis - Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches with the two complementing one another. The series started in 2004 and by 2015 it contained 19 books and 2 monographs, with further publications in preparation. A wide range of topics are covered and we hope this reflects some success in our aim of bringing together a rich range of perspectives.

The book series is intended as a resource for a broad range of mental health professionals, as well as those developing and implementing policy and people whose interest in psychosis is at a personal level. We aim for rigorous academic standards and at the same time accessibility to a wide range of readers, and for the books to promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers who may be well known in some countries, but not so familiar in others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote productive debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.

This series also includes a monograph strand, which consists of high-level academic texts aimed at researchers, academics and postgraduate students. Within the monograph strand the focus tends to be somewhat more conceptual, and less directly clinical, than in the main strand.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia