Shannon Dunn Ph.D.

Healing the Distress

Healing the Distress of Psychosis

Listening with psychotic ears.

Posted Jan 11, 2019

Even among mental health clinicians, the communications of people who are experiencing psychosis historically have been considered mysterious, bizarre, and invalid. These judgmental, inaccurate interpretations and accusatory attitudes can cause iatrogenic trauma, a significant obstacle to recovery. "Listening with Psychotic Ears" focuses on practice-based and evidence-informed interventions to effectively understand and communicate with people who are experiencing psychotic symptoms. The text thoughtfully describes the experience of psychosis, as well as the unique intervention method of fostering the therapeutic relationship, and the psychotic thought process from neurological, linguistic, and existential—psychological perspectives. Mental health professionals, individuals with lived psychotic experiences, and their family members and loved ones will find this book to be a strong and accurate voice that highlights the past and present disappointments in mainstream public mental health treatment while delivering hope in creating a secure, self-determined life. 

Let's have a conversation about this. Tell me your stories. Are you a person who lives with psychotic experiences? Are you a family member or loved one of a person who has psychotic experiences? Have you attended a Hearing Voices Network meeting? Are you a mental health professional who works with individuals and their families who experience psychosis? 

What are your experiences? 

What are your suggestions as to how to turn the ship of acceptance and reducing stigma around?