Psychosis

List of some delusional themes in psychosis, e.g. persecutory, religious, grandiose, delusions of reference

Common Themes of Delusions in Psychosis

Delusions are a type of abnormal thought content that involve false beliefs that are firmly held despite evidence to the contrary. They are idiosyncratic and can’t be accounted for by a person’s culture, religion, or level of education. They’re considered a type of psychotic symptom, which can occur in the context of various illnesses, including …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan

Book Review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved

Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan is a memoir about the author’s wife’s experiences of mental illness, how that affected the family, and the difficult journey in the direction of recovery. The book’s powerful opening line is the author’s wife, Mia, saying “Pat, I am going to prison.” At that point, she was first …

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Insights into psychology series: What is apophenia

What Is… Apophenia (Finding Patterns Where None Exist)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is apophenia. Apophenia is a type of cognitive bias involving the tendency to find patterns where they don’t actually exist, i.e. in things that are unrelated or random. It was first described by neurologist Klaus Conrad in 1958 …

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Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There’s a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead to the mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity. …

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The hearing voices movement: graphic of an ear and sound waves

A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement

The International Hearing Voices Movement (InterVoice) seeks to normalize, depathologize, and destigmatize the experience voice-hearing, and also provide support to people who hear voices, see visions, etc. InterVoice is based in the UK. There are also 28 national networks, including the Hearing Voices Network in the UK and Hearing Voices Network USA. The movement believes …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Delusional Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is delusional disorder. Delusional disorder falls within the DSM-5 group of psychotic disorders, which also includes schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. However, it’s different, in that its effects are much more compartmentalized. In delusional disorder, the delusional beliefs are …

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Open dialogue: A novel approach to dealing with psychosis - graphic of tree made of dialogue bubbles

The Open Dialogue Approach to Psychosis

I first heard of the Open Dialogue approach in the book My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude. It’s an alternative way of managing psychosis, and I wanted to explore it further. What Open Dialogue is Open Dialogue was first conceived in the Western Lapland province of Finland in the early 1980s. It emphasizes listening with …

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Psychotic does not mean violent

Psychotic Does NOT Mean Violent

One of the most common and damaging stereotypes about mental illness is that mentally ill people are chronically dangerous and violence-prone (Corrigan & Watson, 2002). This stereotype is especially strongly linked to people with psychosis. Like many stereotypes, it’s not true in the vast majority of cases, but the general public may not realize that. …

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Book cover: But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale

Book Review: But Deliver Me From Crazy

But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale is a memoir of living with bipolar disorder. You may know Katie from her blog, and she also contributed a story about bipolar I to my book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. The book begins when Katie was in high school, when her illness first appears. …

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