HE.S.T.A.F.T.A./Tag: psychosis

Psychosis Is Not Illness, but a Survival Strategy in Severe Stress: A Proposal for an Addition to a Phenomenological Point of View

Phenomenology often looks at psychosis as a defined pathological state. In this paper, psychosis is not seen as a (pathological) state but as a way to respond in extreme stress. It is psychological functioning of the embodied and relational mind, and psychotic experience can be seen as one form of affective arousal among any other affects.

Making sense of and coping with voices through the use of Romme & Escher’s therapeutic model: A clinical case study

The paper presents a clinical case study of a psychotherapeutic intervention, based on the model developed by Romme & Escher (2000), with an adult man in acute psychotic crisis who hears voices. The aim of this intervention was to decode the meaning of the voices and link the voices to the person’s history. At the same time, the person was trained in the use of cognitive and behavioural coping strategies, in order to manage the hearing voices experience and gain control over it.

Group Psychotherapy with parents of patients with psychosis

This paper presents a systemic approach to group work with parents of patients with mental illness. Close relatives, especially mothers, act as the major carers for patients with psychosis. Patients’ families feel overwhelmed, most of them are isolated, and need support from mental health services. The parents group is an effective therapeutic intervention that helps families to cope with problems, improves the quality of relationships and can facilitate the return of a person with mental illness to recovery.