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Working through Psychosis

You have discovered the author website of psychotherapist Tim Dreby! Here you can find information that can help you access my psychotherapy services, professional training, award-winning memoir, and blog writings to aid you in working through psychosis.

I argue that if you want to better understand social reality in the modern world, you need to better understand what is being progressively understood as neurodevelopmental syndromes associated with psychosis. I believe these afflict a significant portion of the people who struggle with mental health challenges across diagnostic divides. Many people who are impacted by these experiences are able to lead healthy lives; and yet the way we treat them in the modern world leads many to become devastated and isolated.

If you have experiences associated with psychosis, whether they are good or bad, you have probably been influenced by the history of institutionalization that works to suppress your experiences. I have created this site to help myself and others change the way psychosis is treated in the clinics and public. A survivor of these experiences myself, I spent important years learning to suppress, but feel that in treatment there also needs to be safe places where people don’t get punished for having these experiences.

Instead of promoting symptom suppression, we need to refine public understanding of what psychosis is: something to which most of us can relate. We need to open up dialogue about the emergency state and to challenge the medicalized cultural delusion that these experiences lead to irreversible brain damage. Finally, we need to learn to call upon more shamanic teachers who know how to live well with psychosis for help.

Reconstructing A Culture For Psychosis

About 3.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia in the U.S. alone. Moreover, many other diagnoses also involve experiences related to psychosis. For example, of the 5.7 million U.S. individuals who suffer from bipolar, 70% experience psychosis during mania and 50% experience psychosis during depression. Include other related experiences associated with trauma like disassociation and hypervigilance as well as intuitive knowledge experienced by individuals who experience chronic oppression from other neurodevelopmental disorders, and you get a much bigger slice of the mental health challenge pie.

Current estimates are that one in every ten people hear voices worldwide. Deprived of support, most of these people must fight to regain control of their minds in silence because most treatment modalities don’t give professionals the tools they need to accept and explore psychosis. Statistics suggest sufferers are more likely to recover if they reside in societies of the third world.
On this website, you will get educated about what lies behind a broad spectrum of “disorders,” and how a broader definition of psychosis can lead to eclectic treatment strategies.

STRAIGHT OUT OF STATE HOSPITAL!!!

As someone with over twenty years of experience as a provider, I am still haunted by the fact that six years in, I found myself warehoused for three months in a state hospital. The two years of crisis I went through during and after my incarceration was a challenge. In fact, it was so bad, I wrote the award-winning Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia and Mainstream Cultural Delusions. My hope is this publication will open the eyes of those who believe that psychosis is irreversible and show you the world full of extraordinary experiences and covert realities from an ex-patient’s perspective.

If you want to learn more about compassionate psychosis treatment models, be sure to challenge social stereotypes. You can buy my award-winning memoir or set up six-hour training in the Bay Area! Also not hesitate to Contact us to inquire about psychotherapy services in the Bay Area!

Across Diagnostic Categories!
Whether you are a sufferer, survivor, provider or loved one, I am almost certain that when we look across diagnostic categories that more people relate to these experiences than you think!

What Will People Think?
When a person first experiences a psychosis or special message emergency, many think a threshold has been crossed from which there is no going back. Often, associates presume the worst possible outcome and go on with their lives as if the sufferer no longer exists.

Treatment?
Often, the focus of treatment is overly protective reality checks and behavioral control. Many experts do not know what to do and utilize an institutional system that does not work and can make things worse. They may vastly underestimate what the sufferer can learn and accomplish.

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