My Beautiful Psychosis: Making Sense of Madness is a powerful, honest and lucid memoir, which turns on its head the idea that psychosis is a debilitating illness, caused by a brain chemical imbalance. It is an intense, honest and lucid book, exposing a psyche that is spilling out undigested psychological material to reveal secrets that have been forgotten.
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.
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.
Emma is a twenty-something who likes to party and take drugs…until she decides to give them up…and that’s when the insomnia starts. After five nights without sleep she ends up in A&E.
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.