Evolving Psychosis

Different Stages, Different Treatments

Edited by Jan Olav Johannessen, Brian V. Martindale, Johan Cullberg

© 2006 – Routledge

320 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Can early, need-adapted treatment prevent the long-terms effects of psychosis?

How important is phase-specific treatment?

Evolving Psychosis explores the success of psycho-social treatments for psychosis in helping patients recover more quickly and stay well longer.

Mental health professionals from all over the world share their clinical experience and scientific findings to shed new light on the issues surrounding need-specific treatment. They cover: The Nature of Psychosis, Early Intervention in Psychosis, Phase-Specific Treatment of Psychosis and The Need for Integration. Particular attention is paid to the how treatment can be improved with individually tailored treatment programmes, early intervention, more integration between psychological treatments, and new and better diagnostic concepts.

This book incorporates new and controversial ideas which will stimulate discussion regarding the benefits of early, need-adapted treatment. It will be of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals interested in psycho-social approaches to psychosis.


"The Editors have provided a useful and well-organized source of information and discussions on the varied and new treatment modalities. The attempt to relate the different treatment modalities to the different phases of the psychotic disorder is refreshing… this book [offers] valuable insights into areas which provoke a great deal of thought and further debate." - Lyn Chua, ISPS Newsletter

"This book has managed successfully to combine a great spectrum of different thinking… I thoroughly recommend it as inspiring optimism in a climate increasingly dominated by short-term or reductionist treatments." - Chris Brogan - Regional Department of Psychotherapy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

"This book challenges the reader to think again about preconceptions of psychotic illness and as such would appeal to those working with such patients." - Rachel Upthegrove, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, Early Intervention Service, UK

Table of Contents

Foreword Norman Sartorius, Preface, ISPS, Introduction: Phase-specific treatment of psychosis, Jan Olav Johannessen, The Nature of Psychosis, The recognition and optimal management of early psychosis: applying the concept of staging in the treatment of psychosis Patrick D. McGorry, Personality and psychosis Erik Simonsen, A post-Lacanian view on schizophrenia Wilfried Ver Eecke, Schizophrenia: pathogenesis and therapy Lars Thorgaard and Bent Rosenbaum, Early Intervention in Psychosis, A behavioural versus a cognitive analysis of the relapse prodome in psychosis Louise Bywood, Colin Robertson, David M. Gresswell and Peter Elwood, Can schizophrenia be predicted phenomenologically? Frauke Schultze-Lutter, Stephan Ruhrmann and Joachim Klosterkötter, Phase specific treatment for recovery in an early psychosis programme Jean Addington and Donald Addington, Phase-specific psychosocial interventions for first episode schizophrenia Rachel Miller and Susan E. Mason, Phase-specific Treatment of Psychosis, The use of psychodynamic understanding of psychotic states–delineating need-specific approaches Johan Cullberg, A cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) based approach to psychotic disorder Ian B. Kerr, Valerie Crowley and Hilary Beard, Cognitive remediation of patients with schizophrenia: does it work? Bjørn Rishovd Rund, Finding meaning within psychosis: the contribution of psychodynamic theory and practice Susan M. Hingley, The Need for Integration, Neglected syndromes of schizophrenia–pervasiveness, profiles and phenomenology: an overview of associated psychiatric syndromes Paul C. Bermanzohn,Dissociation and psychosis: the need for integration of theory and practice Colin A. Ross, Classic literary categories as a measure of progress in the psychotherapy of Schizophrenia Ann-Louise S. Silver, Can very bad childhoods drive us crazy? Science, ideology and taboo John Read and Paul Hammersley

About the Editors

Jan Olav Johannessen is chief psychiatrist of the Division of Psychiatry, Stavanger University Hospital in Norway and President of the ISPS

Brian Martindale is on the Board of the ISPS, Chair of the ISPS UK network and editor of the ISPS books.

Johan Cullberg leads a national multi-centre research project on integrated treatments in first episode psychosis. He is author of Psychoses, also published as part of the ISPS book series.

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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Mental Health
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General