The notion of very poor prognosis among those with psychosis is a myth, this psychiatrist tells us. He still comes from an overly scientific (reductionistic) perspective at moments but overall he’s a pretty darn good guy who seems to get it.
He’s got some suggestions for mobile apps at the end.
I’ve written these words that are in keeping with this guys talk before:
People can heal the sensitivity to become psychotic by becoming AWARE…that is a growth and maturation process…when one matures enough to become an observer of their thoughts and become discerning about the content of their thoughts psychosis pretty much goes away…
Psychosis is, among (many) other things, also, quite often, a deep attachment to one’s (not consensually reasonable) thoughts and beliefs. To be clear much of what is consensually and widely believed in society and the mainstream is also delusional. It’s just generally accepted. R.D Laing has much to say about the “normal” human being. Let’s just say that real clarity and lucidity is not normal.
All human beings can become psychotic under the right (or wrong) circumstances…
Strengthening the health of the body helps clarity and growth too…as holistic beings it all matters…everything.
The maturation and healing process happens naturally…and can be aided and supported by many different things. (read more here)
That’s from: Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources
More posts that reframe madness on Beyond Meds:
Madness, Possession and Transformation: A Personal Narrative of Healing
Madness: a meaningful journey
Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis
Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?
Madness as a reckoning of one’s own psyche. Yes.
The Abyss of Madness
“The Red Book”: A Primer For Healing Madness In A Mad World
Creativity and Madness (short film)
And a couple of collections:
The Shamanic-like nature of consciousness
Spiritual emergency: one way of interpreting activity of the psyche that is often labeled psychotic
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