Promoting Healing After Psychosis - By Ron Unger
Updated: May 21
An article from madinamerica.com where therapist Ron Unger discusses my work. This article was written just a week prior to my webinar with Ron for www.isps-us.org - The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis:
What does it mean to heal after a psychotic episode? Is it just about trying to “get back to normality” and to suppress any further “psychosis” — or does something deeper need to happen?
I have written previously about how psychosis is often due to something like a revolutionhappening within a person — a revolution that occurs usually because the existing way the person is organized is in some manner not functioning well, or is oppressive.
It’s commonly known that just putting down a revolt and forcing a return to a prior oppressive “normality” will be unlikely to lead to long-term peace and stability. Instead, there will have to be some kind of a shift or transformation in the governing system so that the conditions that led to the revolution no longer exist. Isn’t it likely that the same sort of thing applies in the case of revolt within the mind?
In 1996, Sean Blackwell had his own experience of psychosis within an apparent bipolar episode, and it seemed obvious to him that the episode was an attempt by his psyche to accomplish something quite profound. Rather than being an illness, Sean has always considered his break-down as a critical break-through in his own personal development. In 2011, he authored the book Am I Bipolar or Waking Up? while also producing numerous YouTube videos which explore the connection between psychotic episodes and psychological transformation. This entire creative process has led Sean to speaking with hundreds of people who have experienced psychosis which they found to be somehow meaningful.
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