“Edgy, immediate and contemporary” Elizabeth Diamond, Author
When Emma discovers the guy she’s been sleeping with has been seeing someone else, she smokes a whole bag of cannabis, vowing afterwards to give up forever. But without the dope, insomnia kicks in. After five nights of no sleep, she ends up in A&E where she’s told to wait for Ravi Shankar, the psychiatrist not the sitar player.
Three questions stand between Emma and the psychiatric ward. Three questions determine whether she is sane or not.
She gets them wrong.
Emma is an atheist, a skeptical cynic who chose dope over religion, so when she has some spiritual experiences she is not entirely sure if she is delusional. The psychiatric system has forgotten that ‘psyche’ means soul. All they know about is medication and they have ways of making her take it. It becomes a game she has to play in order to get out. It is also a perception of herself she must do battle with to stand strong in her belief that her experiences are real.
With a Foreword by Dr. Russell Razzaque, Consultant Psychiatrist, author Breaking Down Is Waking Up and founder of Peer Supported Open Dialogue
“Emma manages to bring the reader into the experience in a way I have never seen before. The narrative she writes and the characters within it are compelling, and it all seems to combine to bring the reader deeper and deeper into an experience that most of us can only imagine.”
The Opening Paragraph:
This book will inspire others who have been given a label that has severely restricted their lives, and act as a beacon of light for them to reclaim the power of their own innate healing ability. It will also educate their family and friends as well as give mental health professionals a different perspective so that they can better support those in crisis.
My Beautiful Psychosis turns on its head the idea that psychosis is a debilitating illness, caused by a brain chemical imbalance, which requires medication for life. It is an intense, honest and lucid memoir, an exposing and vulnerable adventure through a psyche that is spilling out undigested psychological material to reveal secrets that have been forgotten.
But the psychiatric system pathologises these experiences, seeking to ‘help’ by relieving the distress through antipsychotics. Whilst medication is sometimes useful, it doesn’t really attend to the deeper need: for validation, compassionate holding, skilful navigation and most of all grounding.