It’s quiet among the scribes here at Beyond Meds. I thought I’d share a collection of work about recovery from psychosis. This is a tab that is always at the top of the home page on Beyond Meds and has many links to many recovery stories. I’ve cut and pasted it to share with daily readers today.
There is also a recovery stories page for those who have not dealt with extreme states that get labeled psychotic. For these other stories go here.
Whether you choose to see psychosis or other extreme states of consciousness as healing crisis of the psyche or you consider it spiritual emergency, many people find their way through them without meds or with meds only for a short time or intermittently as needed for relief. This is something that is not widely appreciated or understood. If given the right supports and a safe place most people can heal from such situations.
To see documentation of a program that gets these sorts of results in an entire area of Finland see here. They’re seeing an 85 to 90% recovery rate (with very little or NO medication) in a population that in the US is told they will never recover at all! (and are then given copious amounts of body, mind and soul killing drugs.)
This is a collection of stories of people who have come through such episodes generally getting labeled either schizophrenic or bipolar. The label isn’t so important I’ve found and there is lots of crossover between anything that gets labeled psychotic.
These are the stories of people’s journey’s through their dark nights of the soul sometimes lasting months, other times lasting years, but all ending fully recovered.
In addition these stories involve freedom from drugs/medications. Most everyone on these pages were told they would need drugs for the rest of their lives and proved psychiatry sorely wrong.
There are more recovery stories here that are not specific to psychosis, but to other forms of mental distress that get labeled bipolar or depressed etc.
This list is by no means exhaustive.
- The most famous person who recovered from psychosis documented it too: Carl Jung, another drug-free recovery from psychosis If you read The Red Book, it’s clear that what Jung was experiencing would have been labeled psychotic by any self-respecting psychiatrist today.
- Video interview with John Nash of Beautiful Mind fame — contrary to what was shown in the film John Nash spent most of his life after initial crisis drug free.
- Psychosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Story as a Vehicle of Healing
- Psychotherapy For Schizophrenia Recovery – Cathy Penney RN
- David Lukoff’s story of psychosis and recovery
- Paul Levy’s Story of Transformation
- Another recounting from Paul Levy—visit his site and listen to the Madness Radio interview
- Sean’s experience with manic psychosis and the transformation that followed
- Sean’s understanding after a year of study
- The Doctor who hears voices—a documentary that chronicles the healing journey of a young woman in an extreme state being cared for a man whose been there himself–Rufus May
- Rufus May talking about his own story on Madness Radio–also transformed from psychotic to “ordinary” human being—that’s what we all are!!
- A post with multiple links looking at the wonder that is Pat Deegan’s life
- Documentary on the lives of two women who work through their psychosis
- Dr. Edward Whitney’s manic psychosis that resolved itself with a spiritual understanding
- Recovery through mind training —a journey of meditation in Buddhism—By Sally Clay
- The Wind Never Lies — Steve Morgan’s Recovery Story
- The heroines journey –recovery using Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung
- Pat Deegan
- Buddhist meditation and schizophrenia – Ed Knight
- The Red Book — Jung’s experience with extreme states
- Spiritual Emergency
- Spiritual Recovery
- A Jungian approach to psychosis
- Voices of Recovery
- Successful Schizophrenia
- Soteria House—drug free healing house for those in psychosis
- Recovery from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders —-Ron Unger’s blog—experiencer for extreme states and now a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Spiritual Emergence (help, information and referral in Canada)
Books to help understand the process our minds go through while in extreme states:
- The Red Book — Carl Jung
- The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment Adyashanti
- A Quiet Mind: A Mystic Journey OUT of Insanity, Sean Blackwell (free online)
- Trials of the Visionary Mind (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) – John Weir Perry
- The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth through Transformational Crisis Dr. Stan Grof
- Soteria Dr. Loren Mosher and Voyce Hendrix
- Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Readers) Edited by Dr. Stan and Christina Grof
- Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill- Robert Whitaker
- A Brief History of Everything – Ken Wilber
- Politics of Experience – R.D. Laing
- Anatomy of the Spirit – Caroline Myss
THIS IS BY NO MEANS AND EXHAUSTIVE READING LIST