Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels

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“I have heard real stories,” said my female therapist, “of men doing graphic and horrible things to women. I don’t think based on what you just told me, there is any justification for any accusation whatsoever. I think you have been saying a lot of hurtful things.”

I figured my mother who was paying for these forced sessions put the shrink up to this confrontation. I never did bring the issue of sexual abuse up.

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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 to a rich, interesting, and meaningful culture.

Consider all the categories that the DSM V has that includes the phenomenon of psychosis. I have collected a rough list below:

Schizophrenia Spectrum and other psychotic disorder
Brief Psychotic Disorder
Schizophreniform Disorder
Delusional Disorder
Shared Psychotic Disorder
 Attenuated psychosis syndrome 
Psychotic Disorder NOS
Schizotypal personality disorder
Psychotic Disorder due to a medical condition (many)
Schizoaffective Disorder
Bipolar with psychotic features
Depression with psychotic features
Disassociative Identity Disorder
All Substance Induced Psychotic Disorders (ten different types)
Dementia of the Alzheimer’s type with early onset with delusions
Dementia of the Alzheimer’s type with late onset with delusions
Vascular Dementia with Delusions
Postpartum psychosis


Above, the construction of tall differentiated towers of illness, often grow taller and more isolated in the current system of care. Most provider-folks who use these words to bill would not want to be faced with the limited life they envision for their clients.

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