Beyond ‘Insight’: Looking At The Sense Patients Experiencing A First Psychotic Episode Make Sense Of Their Psychosis

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Authors: Jim Geekie

Year: 1998

Event: 1998 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: In this paper I argue that in the field of mental health we have failed to pay sufficient attention to the ways in which patients make sense of their experience of psychosis. I suggest that this is both demonstrated in and maintained by our lack of a clinical vocabulary for this important aspect of our clinical experience. I consider some of the reasons why this may be the case and discuss why it is important for us to give more attention to patients' understandings. Finally, I look at the concept of Explanatory Model which may help us begin to investigate patient understandings.

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