The seduction of madness: Revolutionary insights into the world of psychosis and a compassionate approach to recovery at home

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In spite of conventional wisdom that psychotic disorders from schizophrenia to manic depression cannot be cured, the author has shown that even the most disturbed mind can be taught to recognize and nurture "islands of clarity". Morever the author argues that by using your own basic sanity and intelligence, home can be the best place for recovery. Dr Podvoll takes the reader inside the psychotic experience as he illuminates the tremendous energy, insight, intelligence and creativity that are a part of madness. He then shows how intimate relationships, formed with the patient, can provide the energy catalyst for recovery. This book provides a reconsideration of the psychotic mind and its never-lost capacity for self-recovery and is designed for patients, families, friends and physicians.

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The seduction of madness: revolutionary insights into the world of psychosis and a compassionate approach to recovery at home.

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In this intriguing book, Podvoll postulates that "everyone has the capacity to recover from psychosis." Drawing on the writings of articulate individuals who recorded their psychotic experiences, he vividly re-creates bizarre behavior and thought patterns: visions, feelings of empowerment, sense of mastery (or subjugation) to an external order, enhanced spirituality, and exhilaration. To capitalize on the psychotic's "islands of clarity," he proposes designing a therapeutic home environment staffed by a team offering an integrated program of family support and psychotherapy, with spiritual overtones of Buddhism and Native American religions. While his ideas are impractical for wide-scale implementation, he succeeds in arousing interest in evaluating the mode, or indeed outmoded model, of current psychiatric care.
- Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hosp. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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