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Chapter 2 - Psychosis Usually Has a Natural Tendency towards Recovery

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 November 2018

Douglas Turkington
Affiliation:
Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
Helen M. Spencer
Affiliation:
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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Back to Life, Back to Normality
CBT Informed Recovery for Families with Relatives with Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
, pp. 8 - 16
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018

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References

References

Cooke, A. (Eds.). (2017). Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help (2nd ed.). Leicester, UK: The British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.Google Scholar
Freeman, D. & Freeman, J. (2008) Paranoia: The 21st century fear. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Jaynes, J. (1976) The origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.Google Scholar

Further Reading

The following books offer CBT self-help techniques to help work towards recovery:

Freeman, D., Freeman, J. & Garety, P. (2006) Overcoming paranoid & suspicious thoughts: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.Google Scholar
Hayward, M., Strauss, C. & Kingdon, D. (2012) Overcoming distressing voices: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.Google Scholar
Morrison, A., Renton, J., French, P. & Bentall, R. (2008) Think you're crazy? Think again: A resource book for cognitive therapy for psychosis East Sussex: Routledge.Google Scholar
Turkington, D. et al. (2009) Back to life, back to normality: Cognitive therapy, recovery and psychosis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Links

The following websites/links illustrate and expand on themes within this chapter: www.intervoiceonline.org/ is the international hearing voices network website which provides positive messages about hearing voices, including articles on recovery and an online community forum.

www.paranoidthoughts.com/ provides a paranoid thoughts questionnaire, personal accounts of paranoia and advice about coping with paranoia.

www.ted.com/speakers/eleanor_longden Eleanor Longden talks about her recovery journey with an encouraging message for those who hear voices.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nnekxGE0nM is a four-minute YouTube clip that demonstrates how quickly hallucinations and paranoia can be induced in anyone within 48 hours.

www.bps.org.uk and search for the ‘understanding psychosis and schizophrenia’ PDF, which offers a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge in the field.

www.mindfulnessmuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Cognitive-Defusion-Exercise-1.pdf offers a script to use for the ‘leaves on a stream’ exercise.

Links to Other Chapters

More examples and discussion of positive experiences of beliefs are available in Chapter 3.

Further advice on techniques that can help with recovery are illustrated in Chapters 5, 7, and Chapters 1214.

More detailed examinations of particular experiences such as ‘delusions’, hearing voices and visions are provided in Chapters 911.

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