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:
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.
"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.
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.
The ISPS (the International Society for the 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 is now turning again. There is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors in psychosis that have considerable explanatory power and also distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, users and carers are increasingly expecting interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard skilled practitioners in the main psychotherapeutic modalities as important components of the care of the seriously mentally ill.
The ISPS is a global society. It is composed of an increasing number of groups of professionals, family members, those with vulnerability to psychosis and others, who are organised at national, regional and more local levels around the world. Such persons recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. Our members cover a wide spectrum of approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies to the need-adaptive approaches, group therapies and therapeutic institutions. We are most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological based approaches. Our activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups in many countries across the world.
One of our activities is in the field of publication. Routledge have recognised the importance of our field, publishing Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. The journal complements Routledge's publishing of the ISPS book series which started in 2004. The books aim to cover many topics within the spectrum of the psychological therapies of psychosis and their application in a variety of settings. The series is intended to inform and further educate a wide range of mental health professionals as well as those developing and implementing policy.
Some of the books will be controversial and certainly our aim is to develop and change current practice in some countries. Other books will also promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers well known in some countries but not familiar to others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote healthy debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets almost certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.