Category Archives: Books

Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds | Books | The Guardian

Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds | Books | The Guardian. “The novelist said he did not invent, but merely recorded what he heard and saw. This prompts questions about the act of writing.”

Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Paperback) – Routledge Mental Health

Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Paperback) – Routledge Mental Health.

Are hallucinations and delusions really symptoms of an illness called ‘schizophrenia’? Are mental health problems really caused by chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions? Are psychiatric drugs as effective and safe as the drug companies claim? Is madness preventable?

This second edition of Models of Madness challenges those who hold to simplistic, pessimistic and often damaging theories and treatments of madness. In particular it challenges beliefs that madness can be explained without reference to social causes and challenges the excessive preoccupation with chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions as causes of human misery, including the conditions that are given the name ‘schizophrenia’. This edition updates the now extensive body of research showing that hallucinations, delusions etc. are best understood as reactions to adverse life events and that psychological and social approaches to helping are more effective and far safer than psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment. A new final chapter discusses why such a damaging ideology has come to dominate mental health and, most importantly, how to change that.

By Professor John Read and Jacqui Dillon, voice hearer and Chair of the UK Hearing Voices network.

Please use the ISPS members discount code to receive a 20% discount – “ISPS2”

Oliver Sacks new book – Hearing Things: When Auditory Hallucinations Take Over the Mind

“The persistence of hallucinations causes great suffering for some. In his new book, “Hallucinations,” neuroscientist Oliver Sacks explores the many kinds of unreal experiences people have.”

Hearing Things: When Auditory Hallucinations Take Over the Mind – Mind & Body – Utne Reader.

The “Being Sane in Insane Places” report referred to in this articale is available at http://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2384&context=lawreview.

I wonder if anything has really changed since 1973….

Treating Psychosis by Means of Open Dialogue

The publishers of “The Reflecting Team in Action” edited by Steven Friedman (1995, The Guilford Press, New York) and courtesy of Google Books we have free access to the chapter on Open Dialogue