Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Understanding Psychosis and SchizophreniaThis report published by the British Psychological Society provides overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.

The report describes a psychological approach to psychosis and is divided in different sections:

  1. What psychosis is
  2. Why so many people have psychosis
  3. What can help
  4. What we should do, and
  5. Where we can find useful resources.

Download 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

The report argues that “mental illness” is just one way to describe experiences such as hearing voices and having unusual beliefs. They can also be considered as parts of people’s personality, those parts that “get them into trouble but that they would not want to be without”.

The report’s conclusions challenge received wisdom about the nature of mental illness, suggesting that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.

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