Understanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, And Challenges For Sufferers And Their Families by Donald CappsUnderstanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, And Challenges For Sufferers And Their Families by Donald Capps

Understanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, And Challenges For Sufferers And Their Families

byDonald Capps

Paperback | June 26, 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.
Donald Capps, professor of pastoral psychology at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1981 to 2009, teaches courses on mental illness, developmental theory, and older adults. He has served as editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. His books include M...
Title:Understanding Psychosis: Issues, Treatments, And Challenges For Sufferers And Their FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.81 × 5.74 × 0.81 inPublished:June 26, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442205938

ISBN - 13:9781442205932

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Epidemic of Mental Illness 2. The Failure of Deinstitutionalization 3. The Effects of Mental Illness on Family Members 4. The Prevention of Mental Illness 5. John Nash: Acute Identity Confusion 6. John Nash: The Goal of Mental Equilibrium Epilogue

Editorial Reviews

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.