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Making Sense of Madness Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia

PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR:

1 Making Sense of Madness: Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia
2 Insanity and Divinity: Studies in Psychosis and Spirituality
3 Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives
4 Case Files Psychiatry, Fourth Edition
5 Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care: Narratives From Service Users, Carers and Professionals

1 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 Sense 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 families and friends

2 How close is spirituality to psychosis?

Covering the interrelation of psychosis and spirituality from a number of angles, Insanity and Divinity will generate dialogue and discussion, aid critical reflection and stimulate creative approaches to clinical work for those interested in the connections between religious studies, psychoanalysis, anthropology and hagiography

Bringing together an international range of contributors and covering many different types of religious experience, this book presents its theme in three parts:

Psychoanalysis, belief and mysticism

Anthropology, history and hagiography

Psychology, psychosis and religious experience

Each section includes discussion of the hinterland between madness and religious experience from the perspective of a number of religions, autobiographical accounts of those who have experienced a psychosis in which spirituality played a key part and a comprehensive review of the position of psychology research into the meaning and function of spirituality in relation to the psychoses

Insightful, enlightening and wide-ranging, Insanity and Divinity is ideal for clinicians, academics and chaplains working in clinical settings

3 Extensive scientific research has been conducted into understanding and learning more about psychotic experiences However, in existing research the voice of subjective experience is rarely taken into consideration In this book, first-person accounts are brought centre-stage and examined alongside current research to suggest how personal experience can contribute to professional understanding, and therefore the treatment, of psychosis
Experiencing Psychosis brings together a range of contributors who have either experienced psychosis on a personal level or conducted research into the topic Chapters are presented in pairs providing information from both personal and research perspectives on specific aspects of psychosis including: hearing voices, delusional beliefs, and trauma as well as cultural, existential and spiritual issues Experts from the field recognise that first and foremost psychosis is a human experience and that those who suffer from psychotic episodes must have some involvement in any genuine attempts to make sense of the experience
This book will be essential reading for all mental health professionals involved with psychosis The accessible style and compelling personal histories will also attract service users and their families

4 Sixty high-yield psychiatry cases help you sharpen your diagnostic and problem-solving skills

You need exposure to high-yield cases to excel on the psychiatry clerkship and the shelf-exam Case Files: Psychiatry presents sixty real-life cases that illustrate essential concepts Each case includes complete discussion, clinical pearls, references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions with detailed explanations of the correct answers With this system, you’ll learn in the context of real patients, rather than merely memorize facts

5 Commended in the Mental Health category of the 2008 BMA Medical Book Competition

This book offers an insight into the experience of psychiatric in-patient care, from both a professional and a user perspective The editors highlight the problems in creating therapeutic environments within settings which are often poorly resourced, crisis driven and risk aversive

The contributors argue that for change to occur there needs first of all to be a genuine appreciation of the experiences of those involved in the unpredictable, anxiety-arousing and sometimes threatening environment of the psychiatric ward Each chapter comprises a personal account of in-patient care by those in the front line: people who have been admitted to a psychiatric ward; their relatives; or those that provide the care These accounts are followed by two commentaries written from different perspectives, suggesting lessons that can be learnt to improve the quality of care

Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care will be useful for all mental health professionals, including mental health nurses, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, arts therapists, social workers and trainees, as well as service users and carers organisations

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