Friday, 15 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Psychosis

From 11-17th May 2015 it's the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

Friday's topic is psychosis.


One curious research finding, which has been confirmed by several major studies in five-year follow ups, shows that about 64 per cent of people in third world countries recover fully after a first schizophrenic breakdown. Yet the comparative figures for the developed world show that only about 18 per cent recover fully. 

Psychiatric theorists are at a loss to explain psychosis. The various simplistic ideas that it is caused by specific deficiencies in brain chemistry, such as ‘overactive dopamine systems’, have not been supported by research, despite the strident and misleading claims of some drug companies to the contrary.

In our book, Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking (see link below), we described how the REM brain state, which underlies dreaming, is separate from the process of dreaming and dream content. It is also clear that the healthy brain is organised to keep the dream process separate from the waking state, which is why we find it so difficult to remember dreams.  We have shown how the behaviour of a person in a hypnotic state clearly mirrors phenomena of the REM state, such as muscle paralysis, dissociation, imperviousness to pain, and amnesia for the event after ‘waking’. Explore the following links to find out more about what psychosis is and how it can be treated.

Schizophrenia and psychosis: Can it be cured?

The link between psychotic symptoms and the dream (REM) state:

A new look at psychosis Ivan Tyrrell and Richard Bentall discuss patient-centred new approaches to the understanding and treatment of psychotic illness.

Imagination and madness. Ivan Tyrrell talks with Daniel Nettle about the far closer than expected connection between psychosis and creative thinking:


If you would like professional help with stress and psychotic symptoms please see our register of Human Givens Therapists:

Find out how well your emotional needs are being met by taking our emotional needs audit:

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place:

From stress to psychosis ‒ how to prevent mental illness:
This training day explores what happens in the brain when it is put under stress and how this affects our emotional life and mental health.  It also shows how the latest knowledge and insights can be easily applied to improve the mental health of people suffering from a wide range of conditions – including the more serious.

You can also take this course ONLINE at a time, place and pace that suits you:

Why we dream: the definitive answer.
How dreaming keeps us sane, or can drive us mad

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: - find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.


Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)?

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation:

Thank you for reading.

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