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Division of Clinical Psychology

DCPNI AGM 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’.

 Press Release:

 

On the 15th September 2015 the following document is being officially launched in Wales:

‘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 document looks at:

The problems we often think of as ‘psychosis’ – hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, or appearing out of touch with reality – can be understood in the exactly the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.

 

These problems are often a reaction to trauma or adversity of some kind which impacts on the way we experience and interpret the world, but in contrast to popular believe people with these difficulties rarely become violent.

 

The reason or cause of the difficulties can be difficult to ascertain. No-one can tell for sure what has caused a particular person’s problems. The only way is to sit down with them and try and work it out, and clinical psychologist can assist with this.

 

It is not always helpful if services insist that people see themselves as ill.  Some prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without. The report highlights the necessity to treat the person as their own expert, to understand them as an individual, and to enable them to choose the path that best suits their needs. A shared Journey of Recovery is surely the best way forward!

 

We need to invest much more in prevention by attending to inequality and child maltreatment.  Concentrating resources only on treating existing problems is like mopping the floor while the tap is still running.

 

The document provides an accessible overview of the current state of knowledge, and its conclusions have profound implications both for the way we understand ‘mental illness’ and for the future of mental health services. 

The authors of the document will be speaking at this event: 


Anne Cooke, Editor, ‘Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia’, British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology; Principal Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Politics and Sociology & Joint Clinical Director, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. Anne can be contacted on: 07944 649488, [email protected] for interview directly or through Jonathan Calder, BPS Press Officer on 0116 252 9502 [email protected], or Stuart Whomsley, DCP Communications Lead on 07927 417005, [email protected]

Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, and President-Elect, British Psychological Society

Simon Mudie, Division of Clinical Psychology Wales Lead, Experts by Experience

Venue: BMW Sytner Lounge, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Name of the event: Mental Health Leaders Collaborative