23 December 2009

a copy of "a disease or some ways of being human" has arrived for me via inter-library loan. i have received a bonanza of book requests for christmas.


Soren Lorensen said...

hey! cool

it is kinda tough and chewy but there are beautfiul passages

wrenna said...

psychiatry in the uk sounds somewhat different in style from what i've been exposed to (although my psychologist's wife was trained there)...

in any case what i've been reading is more from a psychology perspective, bringing out a stronger focus, topics-wise, on phases of recovery and supporting positive agency, with less emphasis on force and coercion being required for good treatment.

i've been meaning to make a bibliography of my favourites, so here goes.

From The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of The Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses - John Cullberg, Psychoses: an integrative perspective, Routledge, 2006, and Jan Olav Johannessen, Martindale and Cullberg, eds., Evolving Psychosis: Different Stages, Different Treatments, Routledge, 2006.

For an introduction to evaluating research quality and methodology for non-specialists, R. Walter Heinrichs, In Search of Madness: Schizophrenia and Neuroscience, Oxford UP, 2001.

For a very short medical introduction (helpful, n a sideways fashion, in understanding Deleuze), Christopher Frith and Eve Johnstone, Schizophrenia, Oxford, 2003.

For a cross-cultural, anthropological perspective, Janis Hunter Jenkins and Robert J Barrett, eds., Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity, Cambridge, 2004.

Research into biologically-based sex differences in disease processes seems fairly new, although it's old news that age of onset, for instance, is generally earlier for men than women. I am interested in that, as well as learning more about feminist research practices. I just got Louise Phillips, Mental Illness and the Body: Beyond Diagnosis, Routledge, 2006. It's an adaptation of the author's dissertation. She did a BA in cultural history but wrote the book after working 19 years in the NHS and is now a lecturer.

For an "out there" perspective with reference to mysticism and whatnot I am reading Peter K Chadwick, Schizophrenia: The Positive Perspective: Explorations at the Outer Reaches of Human Experience, Routledge, 2009.

you can see from the above list that I do obsess much. if i simply wanted to help myself i might read about coping styes and dance therapy. my psychosis is not as severe as most of what i read about, so maybe part of what i am doing is a kind of bearing witness to the suffering that makes treating me possible.

do let me know what you like reading :)