By Ron Unger, LCSW -- Unfortunately, the typical interaction between professionals and clients seen as psychotic in our current mental health system has characteristics which make a positive human relationship almost impossible. To start with, rather than starting from a place of equality, where two people negotiate to see each other and to define reality, the professional holds onto a position of assumed superiority and declares himself or herself as able to define both the other person and the overall nature of reality, without any need to reconcile that view with the viewpoint of the “psychotic” person. This makes sense within the standard paradigm, as once a person’s mental process is defined as “psychotic” it is understood to be determined by illness, and to be senseless, with nothing of any value to offer. Under such circumstances, true dialogue, in which the experience of the professional meets the full experience of the other, is impossible. … [click on title to read and view more]
I got an email from one of the authors of this study in the Lancet. This is scholarship carried out by folks some of whom have lived experience which is very exciting. Nev Jones sent the email to thank me...but really she is thanking the readers of Beyond Meds who responded and took part in this study. So thank you to all who participated and here is an excerpt and link to what you helped create. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
By Ron Unger ... a video has just become available which, in 5 minutes, very coherently explains how a compassion focused approach can completely transform a person's relationship with their voices and so transform the person's life! … [click on title to read the rest]
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.
Jacqui Dillon is the National Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England. She has also helped develop HVN USA and has been involved in our Facilitator Trainings. I love this because I've often viewed my healing process to simply not be just about me. It's about all of us. It is for all of us too. And I also could not have done it without the constant communication with all of you out there. This has been a relationship process even when I've had to go deep into myself and spend most time alone.… [click on title for the rest of the post]
I'm sharing an email I got since I think this is a wonderful opportunity. hvnA webinar by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will take place Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Time called “Hearing Voices Training Webinar”. Description: The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA is one of over 20 nationally based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
After suffering abuse as a child Rachel began to hear voices while a teenager and went to a psychiatrist for help. Years of hospital and drug treatment followed. However Rachel only recovered once she rejected psychiatry and began to embrace her ‘symptoms' as a meaningful response to childhood trauma. … [click on title to read more]
This is a story about a glacial progression, millimeter by millimeter, back into my body and my life and my self. Back into who I am. With no thanks to the health services, and that is another story. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
She did it! And now it's available for viewing! She learned to listen to her voices and now asks anyone (who might end up in the mental health system) not "what is wrong with you" but WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? Yes, what happened to you?
I am pleased to present an excerpt from the book Agnes's Jacket: A psychologists search for the meaning of madness, submitted by the author Gail Hornstein. If you want more of this after you finish reading it you can purchase the book: Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness. Chapter 5 Who's crazy... Continue Reading →