Identifying the Trickster Phenomena During A Message Crisis or “Psychosis:”

  When a message receiver can identify the fact that some of their messages are tricksters it can go a long way towards improving efforts to fit in, heal trauma and reduce consensus reality confusion. A supporter who is trusted may be able to articulate the concept, spot it when it’s happening, and teach spiritual … Continue reading Identifying the Trickster Phenomena During A Message Crisis or “Psychosis:”

How Diversifying Causation Beliefs Can Lead to Recovery from Psychosis

I believe that a powerful dialectic exists when participants study their similarities in psychoses focus groups. Converse to the great opportunities for growth that result when participants genuinely identify with each other, there are often important points of difference highlighted that likewise can lead to growth when nurtured properly. I have observed that participants often … Continue reading How Diversifying Causation Beliefs Can Lead to Recovery from Psychosis

Two, Trauma-Sensitive Solutions for Psychosis

When I experienced two years of psychosis early during my career as a mental health counselor, I was already getting good at managing trauma with my master’s level training. I always been pretty good at being safe for others.   I wanted some of that trauma support when I found myself confined to a ward … Continue reading Two, Trauma-Sensitive Solutions for Psychosis

Why I Say Special Messages Instead of Psychosis

For the past ten years I have used the words special messages to bring people together behind a better-defined notion of psychosis. I hope in this article will help better define what I mean by special messages and why I think that messages are part of a process that includes seven other components that I … Continue reading Why I Say Special Messages Instead of Psychosis

A New Definition of Psychosis

Psychosis is an antiquated word that leads to huge misunderstandings that play a large role oppressing a larger and larger portion of the population. For the past nine years I have run professional focus groups, going through the process of listening, exploring, reflecting, writing, seeking feedback and rewriting to get a better definition of psychosis. … Continue reading A New Definition of Psychosis

The Special Messages Project

LEARNING QUESTIONS Learning Question One: How do in-reach efforts that connect residents of board and care homes, single room occupancy (SRO) hotels and unlicensed boarding houses to social and recreational opportunities in and outside of the facility reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for isolated adults and older adults with serious mental illness? … Continue reading The Special Messages Project

Reconstructing a Culture of Psychosis Across Diagnostic Divides

Perhaps one of the greatest ways to oppress a people is to convince them that they don’t exist. In America, this is what many people who have experienced psychosis face in standard treatment.  In the absence of a sense of a supportive and functioning self-support community, many who have experienced psychosis don’t feel we belong … Continue reading Reconstructing a Culture of Psychosis Across Diagnostic Divides