Faith Rhyne is a parent, educator, and a radical mental health activist. She became interested in psychology and psychiatry at age 13, when she was put into forced treatment for the first time. Faith has abandoned her old diagnosis of bipolar 1, severe with psychotic features, in favor of a holistic understanding of madness. She deeply values the human right to define one’s own experiences in ways that encourage wisdom, gratitude, strength, and possibility. She writes about neurodiversity, narrative, and healing the relationship between self and world. (bio from Mad in America)
Faith’s understanding of her experience resonates very much with my own. I just love this video. She articulates the issues with brilliance. This is a very good way to spend a little more than six minutes. Watch the video.
Stories of many who’ve gone through the reckoning: Psychosis Recovery Stories
Other ways of viewing or considering madness:
- Spiritual emergency: one way of interpreting activity of the psyche that is often labeled psychotic
- The Shamanic-like nature of consciousness
- Open Dialogue: Alternative Care for Psychosis
- Trauma and PTSD collected info, commentary and links