What is “Psychosis”?

From Mad in Canada: There are different hypotheses about what psychosis is. One hypothesis that has been repeatedly disproven is that of the medical model belief that psychosis is a medical abnormality of the brain. According to E. Fuller Torrey, a psychiatric researcher and author of Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual, “schizophrenia” is a brain disease. So if not a brain disease then what is “psychosis”?

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Psychosis can occur when a person goes mad as a result of a poisoning. Alternatively psychosis can occur when a person withdraws too quickly from Neuroleptic (aka “anti psychotic”) Drugs.

    Sometimes people that experience strange ideas or hallucinations might be termed psychotic, but a person like this, generally speaking, is not genuinely Psychotic.

    Psychiatrists and very often Psychologists abuse the term psychosis, and this is because they need to increase the importance of their work.

    I used psychological techniques (with slow drug withdrawal) to overcome my psychiatric situation. The diagnosis in my case was extreme – but I managed to move on successfully, without much help from professionals.

      • Yes Steve,
        That is definitely true.

        “Psychosis” can also be part of the normal bereavement process. And the normal post partum process.

        It’s not an abnormal condition.

        I believe 50% of prescriptions for the drug Seroquel, are for sleep problems. At lower doses of 25 mg to 150mg, Seroquel is an antihistamine.

  2. The idea in the “early days of medication” was that Neuroleptic Drugs created a state of indifference in so called Schizophrenics and provided a solution. But the obvious problem was that the people taking these drugs needed “continual looking after” on account of their drug lethargy. So this approach was not much of a solution.

    Psychologists and therapists go through great lengths attempting to talk people into wellness but most of the time this doesn’t work.

    What works, in my opinion, is an attempt to acquire a state of mind of calmness or Equanimity which can be developed to a necessary level with practice….

    … I know this works.

  3. Chloe McKinnon:

    I wonder if you would be interested in sharing your contact information. I have been involved in a work on your subject (schizophrenia/psychosis and anti psychiatry) for almost 50 years. This was originally my late husband’s life’s work and I think his ideas would be useful to you. Like you, I live in British Columbia. I am Louisa Ellingham on Facebook–real name is Lynne Braga.

    Thank you.