Understanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, and Challenges for Sufferers and Their Families (Paperback)
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Understanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, and Challenges for Sufferers and Their Families (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 26/08/2014
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When a loved one is struck with psychosis, people often misunderstand what is happening and why. They may feel helpless or confused or frightened, not knowing what to do with or for the sufferer or how to handle the situation themselves. This book takes a look at psychosis and how it has been handled over the last century or so. Beginning with a definition of psychosis and moving to a consideration of how people who suffer from it were once institutionalized and are now expected to be cared for at home, the author traces the challenges families and communities face, considers the plight of sufferers and what they experience, and offers case examples throughout to illustrate the onset of psychosis, the infringement it makes on personal and professional life, and the toll it takes on sufferers and caregivers alike. Capps covers the magnitude of the problem, the treatment of sufferers, the warning signs, facts and realities of recovery, treatments, prevention, and coping strategies for family members and caregivers. Readers will come away from this work with a better understanding of psychosis in the context in which it occurs, and what to do for themselves and their loved one as they navigate daily life, the mental health system, and family dynamics.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442205932
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 413 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 21 mm


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Once again, Dr. Capps provides the reader with a unique slant on the intersection between contemporary life and the psychoanalytic tradition, broadly understood. Here his dialog partners include mental illness research and John Nash's game theory in conversation with recent schizophrenic brain studies and Erik Erikson's work on "acute identity confusion." Capps' conclusions have the capacity to provoke 'empathetic curiosity' in anyone willing to enter into the mysterious and potentially revelatory realm of psychosis, a world in which we all live to one degree or another. -- Carol J. Cook, Louisville Seminary
Understanding Psychosis is at once a compassionate and alarming book. Donald Capps calls us to respond to an epidemic of severely mentally ill individuals on our streets, in our prisons, in our communities and in our families. Drugs alone, he demonstrates, will not cure this suffering, which touches all of us. Capps' powerful book is a clarion call for human solidarity along with badly needed health care resources and services. -- Thomas R. Cole, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas School of Medicine
Don Capps achieves his primary aim of drawing in curious readers to understand the complexities and challenges of living with schizophrenia. His profound insight into the perplexing reality of mental illness combines with his erudition on this important subject. Drawing on extensive research and using compelling case studies, Capps opens us up to the anguishing reality of living with mental illness. Capp's compassionate and helpful style leaves the reader feeling hopeful, empowered, and informed on such a crucial topic. This is an important book which will be a great help for all who care about persons inflicted with 'the invisible epidemic of mental illness'. -- Phil C. Zylla, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario
Psychosis: madness, insanity, violence, danger, 'utterly out of control, maniacal, and subhuman.' Of all the categories of mental disorders, public (and all too often professional) understanding of psychosis often places it first in stigmatization and last in actual understanding. Capps has written many books that examine pastoral and theological implications for counseling and mental stability. With this new book, the focus is more on the generalizations--both correct and incorrect--that are applied to this severe mental illness, and how practitioners and caregivers might better understand treatment options. Capps comes at psychosis from multiple, well considered angles, including placing delusional thought patterns in the context of a client's overall life story; the effects of psychosis on family members and the community (and, to a lesser degree, the transition from institutional care to community-based services); proactive and reactive treatment modalities; and seeking a common definition for the idea of 'mental stability.' Capps' inquiry is neither oversimplified, nor is it bogged down by providing elaboration where none is indicated. The introduction alone recommends this book as a fine primer in psychosis. * Booklist *
Donald Capps sheds new light on a contemporary issue affecting all members of our society. Mental illness touches each one of us in some way-as victims, family members, friends, practitioners, or partners in faith. We find ourselves in a crisis as a nation, resulting from a decreased investment in the plight of the mentally ill. Pertinent topics are addressed regarding the ability of families to cope with mental illness and the possible prevention or remission of serious psychosis. Don is a master at incorporating personal narratives and biographies to illustrate these complex concepts. I strongly recommend this work to anyone who struggles with questions related to the psychotic mind. -- Grafton T. Eliason, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, California University of Pennsylvania

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