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If you are looking to better understand what the word “psychosis” means, you have landed in the right place. The way this word is understood in the modern world clouds the judgement of the average treatment provider, family member, and sufferer. Mainstream judgements and cultural delusions around the medicalized concept of the label schizophrenia can lead to challenging interpersonal relationships and pain and suffering.
People who want to help do not want to be seen as evil oppressors endlessly punishing the sufferer until they start to comply with warehousing, poverty and meaningless lives. They have to work with money making institutions that are there to sustain themselves. Such institutions are often full of stigma and people who have read misinformation in textbooks and don’t know how to form dignified and respectful relationships with people who are experiencing a “break” from reality.
This site is dedicated to advancing training, writing, and thought that challenge mainstream views of psychosis and advance a more normalize, mutual, and realistic understanding of what is happening in “psychosis” or a “break” from reality. We are setting up trainings that can help you understand what is happening during psychosis both within the sufferer and within the society. These things clearly need to be worked out.
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Spiritual Emergence in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System
What was emerging now was different than anything I had experienced prior. I had just gotten support from relationships I had built over the past year at the Quaker meeting-for-worship. Maybe my situation at work had been getting whispered about among my friends. Maybe my spirit was exuding a sense of desperation. Either way, I’d […]
Are you Prepared to Address Psychosis in Your Practice? (Feature-Length Version)
In Madness and Civilization, philosopher Michel Foucault has predicted a proliferation of madness as disparities increase and modern society advances. Indeed, with psychopharmacology industry booming, rates of addiction, fueled by the opioid epidemic, skyrocketing, terrorism wars raging abroad, ongoing drug wars afflicting low income neighborhoods, escalation in homeless encampments in major cities, and a rise […]
In Psychotherapy We Trust: Part Two– Anorexia:
I went through five years of treatment for the treatment of anorexia that added to the negative transference I have for psychotherapy. This included three therapeutic relationships, three hospitalizations, and three therapeutic trends that were utilized back in the early nineties. I participated in mandatory family therapy, behavioral inpatient eating disorder therapy, and addressing the […]
Jargonizing the Stigma Concept: Stigma is a mysterious external process that becomes internal that all message receivers face. Though stigma works in many different ways, I think it is particularly astounding and deceptive that it is not considered part of the definition of all forms of schizophrenia disorders. In my mind including it in the […]