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Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis Paperback – April 17, 2012
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"Every page of this book was exciting to me . . . This book should be a part of the training of every physician, psychiatrist, and pastoral counselor, and owned by the family and friends of every mentally ill person as well as the sufferers themselves." - Joanne Greenberg, bestselling author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
"A book of profound illumination both for the scholar and the person struggling for his or her psychical life. I highly recommend this book to all those who are touched by the psychotic experience, which really means all of us--and to find out why, just read this book!" - Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., author of Awakening to Awe
"Deceptively easy to understand, yet thought provoking and challenging, his work offers plausible reasons to overcome the too simple historical medical approaches that ignore the richness of the human experience and the positive potential inherent in one's journey through madness." - Ronald Bassman, Ph.D., author of A Fight to Be
"In a clear manner, Dr. Williams lays out the evidence for a 'paradigm shift' in our thinking that, at its core, would offer people who experience madness both hope and the knowledge that robust recovery is possible, and, with the right support, quite common." - Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic
"Rethinking Madness provides not only a compelling critique of the pessimistic and damaging 'medical model' that has dominated mental health services and research for far too long, it offers some hopeful alternatives." - John Read, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Editor of Models of Madness and the scientific journal Psychosis
About the Author
Dr. Paris Williams offers the very rare and powerful perspective of someone who has experienced psychosis from both sides--as a practicing psychologist and researcher, and as someone who has himself struggled with psychotic experiences. In his late 20's, while in the midst of a very successful career as a hang gliding instructor and competition pilot (winning a World Champion title and multiple National Champion titles), Paris Williams suddenly found himself plunged into a profound struggle with experiences that would have likely resulted in the diagnosis of a psychotic disorder. Fortunately, he managed to avoid becoming entangled within the psychiatric system, and he instead embarked upon a journey of healing and self discovery, working to resolve his own personal crisis while aspiring to support others going through similar crises. He has since spent over a decade deeply exploring both Eastern and Western understandings of mind and consciousness, studying intensive meditation from a number of different masters around the world, earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, working in numerous settings supporting people struggling with psychosis and other challenging and extreme experiences, and conducting a series of pioneering research studies at Saybrook University on recovery from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. He continues to work as a psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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More significantly, the implications of this book can really change what you recommend or don't recommend for your clients, so more than just having a greater appreciation of what "mental illness" is or may be, this book has pragmatic value.
A highly recommended read for those working in healthcare, also families and carers of those experiencing mental health difficulty. Most importantly, it would serve as a helpful reference for any person experiencing challenging situations that impact upon their mental health.
The paradigm shift in our understanding of madness should begin with this read because onward from this is the prospect of a more inclusive, supportive and fulfilling community right where you live!
Enjoy it today for it will lighten up all your tomorrows.
Whether you are someone who has gone through a crisis or knows someone who is in the throes of one and are seeking to find ways to better understand. This book is a excellent place to start. Other books like " Trials of the Visionary Mind" by John Weir Perry or Dr John Nelson's book " Healing the Split" are also quite useful. The thing to remember ( as this book points out) is no one book is going to have it all or cover it all or be the last word. Especially on a topic as vast as this. Which is why I only give it 4 stars. Just to serve as a useful reminder that there is more information relevant to this topic ( something the author also points out ) . The work coming out of prenatal psychology, psychosynthesis and trauma therapy is case and point. "Not Trauma Alone" by Steven Gold is also worth considering.
As someone that has gone through a significant series of breakdowns in my early twenties, has tasted (even if for a moment) the added harm that the medical model fosters, has survived and moved on slowly as a much more integrated individual ( with a lot of support and love along the way). I can say this book is worth the read.
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Profound ,...filled with hope for those suffering and loved ones.
Exposure of the myth of "the chemical imbalance etc. etc. ad nauseum"!Read more