Effects of Culture on Recovery From Transient Psychosis — article in Psychiatric Times

Check this out folks…very interesting. Unfortunately they don’t tackle the fact that we drug the heck out of people. The rest is very important still:

Read and colleagues27 suggested that a bias in mainstream psychiatry toward genetic explanations for psychotic symptomatology has led to a neglect of social stress and psychological trauma as factors in models for causation of psychosis. They blame this neglect on an aversion to “family blaming” as a causative factor. Psychiatrists viewed genetic explanations as being more politically acceptable. However, this aversion to psychosocial factors in causation of psychosis is not found in all modern cultures.

In some countries, the concept of “reactive” or “psychogenic” psychoses is widely used in clinical practice. The types of syndromes commonly considered psychogenic psychoses in Scandinavia spread over the general diagnostic categories in DSM-IV. These include schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorder, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, major depression with psychotic features, dissociative trance disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).28 Thus, it is possible for all of these disorders to be considered psychogenic psychoses. (read the rest)

That’s just a smidgeon of the article, please read the whole thing.

I hope I’ll be able to return to doing commentary soon. This begs for lots of it, but I’m still not able to do such work.

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