Tuesday, 1 March 2016

#StayingWellAfterPsychosis: book aim; getting to grips with Attachment Theory

From last paragraph of Chapter 1, page 33, Staying Well After Psychosis by Andrew Gumley and Matthias Schwannauer:

"The aim of this book ... to engage individuals who are at risk of relapse, to support the emotional recovery and adjustment after psychosis, to reduce psychological vulnerability to relapse, and to provide prompt and immediate support to individuals with at-risk mental states for relapse."


Starting Chapter 2 and getting to grips with Attachment Theory which I am not a big fan of, because of the implications that there is a direct causal relationship between psychosis and childhood neglect or abuse.  Which wasn't the case with my family.  However I want to keep an open mind (as much as possible anyway) to this "regulatory theory" and "some of the challenges associated with engagement, help-seeking and recovery following psychosis" p35.

It was my family's experience that the main challenges were to do with psychiatric treatment, the coercion and lack of person-centred care when a psychiatric inpatient, and the lack of support for tapering psychiatric drugs so as to make a full recovery.  Despite this I did make a full recovery after 3 episodes of psychoses and coercive psychiatric drug treatment, in 1978, 1984 and 2002.  And so did other family members.  

p 35 Attachment Theory case scenario

Contents pages, Staying Well After Psychosis

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