Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

First posted at Over the past 30 years, the broken brain and chemical imbalance theory of “mental illness” has had mixed results at best.   While sales of psychoactive pharmaceuticals have increased 8000%, suicide and mental health disability rates in the US have also shot up. It’s time we rethink madness. Are there spiritual aspects… Continue Reading →

Rethinking madness

I was thrilled to see that Rethinking Madness, the book by Paris Williams, got a very positive review at PsychCentral. It’s exciting to see that even if it’s happening very slowly, some mainstream psych sources are taking such information seriously and presenting it to their readers. Things are changing, yes.

I’m sharing my brief review about Paris’s book and below that is a video with Paris sharing his personal experience on video. Enjoy. … [click on title to read the rest]

Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis

I just received my copy of Rethinking Madness, which Paris Williams, the author, mailed to me. It’s truly an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the psyche, particularly such phenomena that is considered psychotic and mad.

One of the many things he explores which is critically important, is that even within the field of tranpersonal psychology there is a bias against people who have “genuine” psychosis as opposed to “spiritual emergence.”

Rethinking Madness

An exciting new book is now available by Paris Williams, Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis This is an important contribution to the literature because those of us who have experienced psychosis are recovering and thriving all the time and yet we remain invisible. As long as there… Continue Reading →

Breaking down in the service of breaking through: can madness save us?

by Paris Williams — Over the years of my explorations into psychosis and human evolution a very interesting irony became increasingly apparent. It is well-known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel, at different points throughout their journeys, that they have received a special calling …

Connecting to madness

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. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Madness: a meaningful journey

A personal experience of hearing voices: – – More on this topic on Beyond Meds: Hearing voices: living and thriving as voice hearers Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis Madness as a reckoning of one’s own psyche. Yes.

Rethinking bipolar disorder

A collection of links to other posts from the Beyond Meds archives that look at that which gets labeled “bipolar disorder” from different perspectives so that we might be challenged to think outside the psychiatric box.

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