This brave and fluently written book is not only a searing and honest account of what it is to experience psychotic episodes and a concomitant spiritual transformation, but it also has a powerful message to convey.
Emma has been through a series of transformational crises that have changed her fundamental beliefs about how the world is. The western psychiatric system pathologizes 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. Her need was for validation, compassionate holding, skilful navigation and most of all grounding.
My Beautiful Psychosis makes sense of seeming nonsense, making us question what’s real. It’s an exposing and vulnerable journey through a psyche that’s spilling out undigested psychological material to reveal hidden family secrets. Pacy, heart wrenching and humorous, you won’t be able to put it down.
Research estimates around 3 in 100 people will have at least one episode of psychosis at some point in their life and 51 million people worldwide suffer from schizophrenia, which is characterised by repeated psychotics breaks. We’re experiencing an epidemic in mental illness despite billions spent on modern psychiatric treatment. The system is clearly not working and we need to explore new ways of looking at the problem if we’re ever going to solve it.
Emma has written this book to inspire people who’ve been given a label that has severely restricted their lives, to act as a beacon of light for them to reclaim the power of their own innate healing ability. It’s also to educate their family and friends as well as to give mental health professionals a different perspective so that they can better support those in crisis.
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