Saturday, 13 February 2016

Staying Well After Psychosis: Contents trajectory; fear of relapse; professional belief system #Podvoll

This post takes a brief look at the Contents of 'Staying Well After Psychosis: A Cognitive Interpersonal Approach to Recovery and Relapse Prevention' by Andrew Gumley and Matthias Schwannauer.  To see what stands out and the order of topics.

And the first thing I notice is that it begins and ends with "relapse".  Other main themes are attachment theory, paranoia, trauma, the interpersonal and beliefs.  A section on antipsychotic medication and relapse (I would have written a chapter or more on this, from my own personal and family's experience).

Sections that I would go to first because the strapline sounds useful:

  • Ch7: The paranoid mind is strategically deployed.
  • Ch8: Psychosis as a traumatic event.
  • Ch11: Phenomenology of relapse
  • Ch11: Decatastrophising relapse.

I didn't see much about Recovery in the Contents headings.  In fact the word recovery is hardly ever mentioned, just in Part III, which is interesting.  I think this book would benefit from psychiatric survivor co-authoring, an experiential perspective to back up the theory, from someone who has resisted relapse and lifelong mental illness prognoses.  To put flesh on the bones.


Here's a screenshot from 'The Seduction of Madness: A revolutionary approach to recovery at home', Dr Edward M Podvoll, 1990, Random Century Ltd, one of the books I'm dipping in to while studying Staying Well:

p37, Parables of Madness, Perceval's Courage

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