Articles, Reading


Selected articles which may be useful in looking for a deeper understanding of what psychosis is, an individual experience which should not be treated formulaically but often is, in my family's experience.

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Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia:   

"Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality …and what can help.

An overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.  Edited by Anne Cooke" 

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Introducing the Power Threat Meaning Framework: 1 February 2018  

"The approach of the Framework is summarised in four questions that can apply to individuals, families or social groups:

  • What has happened to you? (How is power operating in your life?)
  • How did it affect you? (What kind of threats does this pose?)
  • What sense did you make of it?(What is the meaning of these situations and experiences to you?)
  • What did you have to do to survive? (What kinds of threat response are you using?)
Two further questions help us think about what skills and resources people might have and how they might pull all these ideas and responses together into a personal narrative or story:

  • What are your strengths? (What access to Power resources do you have?)
  • What is your story? (How does all this fit together?)"

Dr Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professor Mary Boyle (Is clinical psychology fearful of social context?) are the lead authors of the Power Threat Meaning Framework.

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