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Schizophrenia Becomes Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome | Mad In America

Anoiksis is the Dutch association of and for people with a psychotic susceptibility. Anoiksis is Greek and freely translated means “Open Mind.” Our core business is facilitating peer support. The new name project is a specifically Anoiksis project; and many members have been involved and have made contributions. To the old name are attached prejudices, misleading significance and stigma, and they can be thrown overboard by introducing a new name – Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome

Schizophrenia Becomes Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome | Mad In America.

Schizophrenia Research Forum:

Schizophrenia Research Forum:.

“This was a fantastic, ground-breaking group of presentations by persons in recovery from schizophrenia. I believe this may have been the first time there has been a program consisting of presentations by schizophrenia patients at the ICOSR meeting. Perhaps it could have been better highlighted in the program. It seemed to me that many of the attendees did not know about the program until after it had been presented.”

Greenwich-based help for young people who hear voices like Gandhi did (From News Shopper)

Greenwich-based help for young people who hear voices like Gandhi did (From News Shopper).

Suffering caused by seclusion never ceases

Suffering caused by seclusion never ceases.

Please read this – I have nothing to add

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”

Open Dialogue adopted in Vermont, USA

Leading the project is Dr. Sandra Steingard, the Howard Center’s medical director of mental health and substance abuse services. For much of her 30-year career, Steingard largely accepted the mainstream thinking of the American psychiatric community — that antipsychotic medications are a critical tool in treating people who are delusional or hearing voices.

Last summer, Steingard traveled to Finland for preliminary training in Open Dialogue. Patient outcomes in that country are almost exactly opposite of those in the United States: After five years, about 80 percent of patients are fully recovered from their first-episode psychoses and are back at work. In Finland, where antipsychotic drugs aren’t prescribed as much as in the U.S., only one in five patients require any maintenance meds — or those taken continuously — at all.“They’re not really seeing schizophrenia in Finland. They’re seeing the same number of people coming in with acute psychosis,” Steingard says, “but people are getting better.”

Abstracts, papers and recordings from World Hearing Voices Congress, 2012

These are available at the Working to Recovery web site:

“It was an amazing three days in Cardiff, with lots of learning, sharing and connections.  Looking at the past 25 years, learning about the present and planning for the future.”

The next World Hearing Voices Conference will be in Melbourne, Australia, 20 – 22 November 2013.

“Working in partnership with Intervoice, the international hearing voices network, and the Hearing Voices Network of Australia, this consumer-led event will bring to Melbourne all of the world’s leaders in working with voices.”

“The congress will feature a broad range of perspectives about voices and recovery, including indigenous and multicultural views, trauma and voices, lived experiences of recovery, innovative youth programs, a new clinical research stream, and opportunities for collaborative panels and discussion groups between voice hearers, carers/family, workers and academics.”