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.
I’ve been through a series of transformational crises that have changed my 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. My need was for validation, compassionate holding, skilful navigation and grounding, amongst other things.
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.
I’m also part of a wider movement to transform the psychiatric system so that people who are struggling through what’s diagnosed as psychosis are supported enough to make better sense of it. So in sharing my story, I am seeking to help not only those undergoing – or who have undergone – similar experiences, but also their friends, families and support networks. By reframing psychosis not as an illness that needs treating, but as a transformative experience that needs understanding as much as it does medicating.
Raw and vulnerable, spiritual but funny, my story will change the way you see the world.
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“Edgy, immediate and contemporary”
Elizabeth Diamond, Author and Mentor