Making Sense of Madness


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ISBN: ISBN 9780415461962

Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia

The experience of madness – which might also be referred to more formally as “schizophrenia” or “psychosis” – consists of a complex, confusing and often distressing collection of experiences, such as hearing voices or developing unusual, seemingly unfounded beliefs. Madness, in its various forms and guises, seems to be a ubiquitous feature of being human, yet our ability to make sense of madness, and our knowledge of how to help those who are so troubled, is limited.

“Making Sense of Madness” explores the subjective experiences of madness. Using clients’ stories and verbatim descriptions, it argues that the experience of “madness” is an integral part of what it is to be human, and that greater focus on subjective experiences can contribute to professional understandings and ways of helping those who might be troubled by these experiences.

Areas of discussion include:
* how people who experience psychosis make sense of it themselves
* scientific/professional understandings of “madness”
* what the public thinks about “schizophrenia”

“Making Sens of Madness” will be essential reading for all mental health professionals as well as being of great interest to people who experience psychosis and their family and friends.

Forfatter: Jim Geekie and John Read

Published for isps – The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses.

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