Reconstructing A Culture
I have developed unique tools and specialization working with psychosis and trauma across diagnostic categories. I always start with where you are at and utilize a host of resources, but perhaps my perspective and ability to normalize and understand experiences that trigger psychosis and trauma will support you in unique ways.
About 3.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia in the U.S. alone. That is only about 1% of the population. But consider that 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 portions of the 7-8 percent of the population who experience related experiences associated with trauma. And don’t forget to mix in of some of the 9.1 percent of the with personality challenges and 14.8 percent with substance abuse challenges. And lastly, forget not many of the 15% of U.S. individuals who experience chronic oppression from neurodevelopmental disorders.
Overall, we start to talk about a much bigger slice of the mental health challenge pie than we initially were.
Current estimates are that one in every ten people hear voices worldwide. Deprived of support, many must fight to regain control of their minds in silence because treatment modalities don’t give professionals the tools they need to accept, explore and problem solve. Statistics suggest that people with these challenges are more likely to recover if they reside in societies of the third world even when access to medication is limited.
In my training and therapy, you will get educated about what lies behind a broad spectrum of “disorders,” and how a broader definition of psychosis and trauma can lead to eclectic treatment strategies. If you want to learn more about compassionate psychosis treatment models, be sure to challenge social stereotypes. I am particularly committed to overcoming all kinds of cultural barriers.
Since there was little guidance to go with, I had to create my own model!
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 and trauma. I believe these issues 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 many in the modern world traumatizes many to become devastated and isolated.
If you have these types of mental health challenges, you have probably been influenced by a culture and a history of institutionalization that teaches you to suppress all experiences associated with psychosis. I have created this site to help myself and others change the way mental health challenges related to trauma and psychosis are 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.
My approach has developed by running innovative groups over the past eleven years. These groups started by attempting to redefine psychosis, however I found that many people who didn’t identify with psychosis were helped when they audited the group. Special messages work has successfully brought together people across the diagnostic spectrum to work together.
From labels of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar; to labels associated with depression, PTSD, neurodevelopmental disability, substance abuse, or dissociation, a lot can be learned from other people who share special message experiences.
Groups that honor this taboo subject create a culture of support that inspire participants to collaborate. I believe that groups that mix people who are still in crisis with people who are getting to the other side are ideal.
Additionally, I have had success training “message receivers” to help them work in mental health. I believe our voices to be very needed in the field.
I define psychosis in eight components that highlight eight solution strategies.
For a brief description and definitions click: here.
For articles about this important topic, click: here.
For a full training click: here.
If you or someone you love has had contact with the mental health system that has left you/them feeling misunderstood, punished, and suppressed, my specialized services may be just what you are looking for. Please do not hesitate to send your interest and inquiries.
THERE ARE MANY TERMS:
I prefer the term,
What Are SPECIAL MESSAGES?
What do I mean, special messages? People who receive special messages have a host of experiences that give them special information that others might or might not pick up on. Much like the person who has engaged in heavy substance abuse, the whole world becomes full of clues and triggers that remind them of their addiction, message receivers experience a host of triggers that alert them of trauma or alternate realities. Such realities can be pleasant but often are grim. I’d argue that a lot of people aren’t adept at managing it when these kinds of realities come up and the result is depression and anxiety and contact with the mental health system.
I think special message information is real, valuable and has a purpose, but it can lead many people into extended periods of crisis during which messages are trusted more than anything else. During the crisis, large amounts of loss can ensue and a person can be marginalized.
Identifying SPECIAL MESSAGES Experiences:
Sensing the thoughts of another,
Having others be able to sense your thoughts
Seeing clues of conspiracy in media,
Seeing clues in words,
Seeing clues in numbers,
Seeing clues in the world that surround you.
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. Those that do persist to provide support are terrified of the associated experiences and stereotypes and want the person returned to normal before irreversible damage occurs
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
What’s Really Going On . . .
Meanwhile, sufferers go through some incredible/catastrophic experiences and feel compelled to persist to understand because their life depends on it. Perhaps they learn to hide what they’re going through. They may long to share with someone who understands, but many who seem to understand only make the conspiracy better or worse. The alarm, disinterest, or ridicule of others can be really profound!
- Receiving excitement, profound interest and wisdom when you share experiences.
- Having supporters who are eager to relate, share similar experiences and tell stories from their own lives.
- Looking forward to being revered for your wisdom because of what you’ve been through.