Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives

Editor : Jim Geekie, Editor : Patte Randal, Editor : Debra Lampshire, Editor : John Read

Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
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  • Catalogue No : 32176
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415580342
  • ISBN 10 : 041558034X

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Extensive scientific research has been conducted into understanding and learning more about psychotic experiences. However, in existing research the voice of subjective experience is rarely taken into consideration. In this book, first-person accounts are brought centre-stage and examined alongside current research to suggest how personal experience can contribute to professional understanding, and therefore the treatment, of psychosis. Experiencing Psychosis brings together a range of contributors who have either experienced psychosis on a personal level or conducted research into the topic. Chapters are presented in pairs providing information from both personal and research perspectives on specific aspects of psychosis including: hearing voices, delusional beliefs, and trauma as well as cultural, existential and spiritual issues. Experts from the field recognise that first and foremost psychosis is a human experience and that those who suffer from psychotic episodes must have some involvement in any genuine attempts to make sense of the experience. This book will be essential reading for all mental health professionals involved with psychosis. The accessible style and compelling personal histories will also attract service users and their families.

About the Editor(s)

Patte Randal, LRPC, MRCS, DPhil, has personal experience of recovery from psychosis. Her published research includes evaluation of a therapeutic intervention she developed for people with treatment refractory psychosis, and qualitative exploration of doctors’ experience of mental health care. Retired from 30 years of clinical practice, she now promotes the implementation of ‘The Gift Box’, a collaborative resilience-building tool based on her ‘Re-covery’ model.

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