Recovering Sanity: A Compassionate Approach to Understanding and Treating Pyschosis

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Recovering Sanity is a compassionately written examination of the experience of psychosis and related mental illnesses. By presenting four in-depth profiles of illness and recovery, Dr. Edward Podvoll reveals the brilliance and chaos of the psychotic mind and demonstrates its potential for recovery outside of traditional institutional settings.

Dr. Podvoll counters the conventional thinking that the millions of Americans suffering from psychosis can never fully recover. He ...

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Recovering Sanity: A Compassionate Approach to Understanding and Treating Psychosis

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Overview

Recovering Sanity is a compassionately written examination of the experience of psychosis and related mental illnesses. By presenting four in-depth profiles of illness and recovery, Dr. Edward Podvoll reveals the brilliance and chaos of the psychotic mind and demonstrates its potential for recovery outside of traditional institutional settings.

Dr. Podvoll counters the conventional thinking that the millions of Americans suffering from psychosis can never fully recover. He offers a bold new approach to treatment that involves home care with a specially trained team of practitioners. Using "basic attendance," a treatment technique inspired by the author's study of Buddhist psychology, healthcare professionals can use the tools of compassion and awareness to help patients recover their underlying sanity. Originally published as The Seduction of Madness, this reissue includes new introductory material and two new appendices.

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"A radical reconsideration of the psychotic mind and its never-lost potential for 'islands of clarity' and self-recovering—one which provides us with desperately needed, humane alternatives for understanding and helping the psychotic patient."—Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, and Uncle Tungsten

"Ed Podvoll offers a uniquely humane vision of the world of madness, one informed by a humanistic and compassionate sensibility. Anyone who cares about those who inhabit this world will be enriched by this book."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

"Far and way the best written, most cogent, compelling history of our attempts to come to terms with the fascinating, terrifying monster of madness."—Mark Vonnegut, M.D., author of The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

"Edward Podvoll is a highly original thinker who possesses the ability to describe inherently complex phenomena in a remarkably lucid fashion. But permeating over and beyond his rare intellectual endowments is Dr. Podvoll's emotional sensitivity to the phenomena of which he writes. This book is eminently worth reading, from cover to cover."—Harold F. Searles, M.D.

"The treatment described here—how to work with 'islands of clarity' and the innate intelligence that guides the healing process—is a teaching for anyone interested in the transformation of mind, heart, and self. You'll rarely read a book that is so beautifully, lovingly written."—Bernie Glassman, author of Instructions to the Cook

"Recovering Sanity is unique and refreshing—it stands out among other books on Buddhism and psychotherapy. Dr. Podvoll manages to combine a keen eye for detail with the long-term Buddhist meditator's profound insight into the nature of the mind."—Traleg Kyabgon, author of The Essence of Buddhism

"Recovering Sanity is a must-read book on the healing arts of the East and West. It shines rays of compassionate wisdom for all who are in need of recovering their mental health."—Tulku Thondup, author of The Healing Power of Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300008
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,511,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Podvoll, M.D. (1936–2003), was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and founder of the Contemplative Psychotherapy Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, which he directed for twelve years. He was also the founder and medical director of the Windhorse Project, an experimental and highly lauded psychiatric community whose focus is on compassionate treatment that emphasizes the patient's potential for sanity.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface to the New Edition xi
Introduction 1
Part 1 Parables of Madness
Chapter 1 Perceval's Courage 11
Heresy
Breakout
Losing Mind
The Cyclic Journey of Losing Mind
Stages of Recovery
Reentry
Asylum Awareness
Chapter 2 Mania and the Risk of Power 69
Power
The Mad Caper of John Custance
Surge of Power
Intensification of the Senses
Intensified Mental Activity: The Sixth Sense
Synchronicity and Union
Manic Consciousness
The Aftermath
Depression
Risks of Recovery
Chapter 3 The Epic of Megalomania 98
The Aspirations of Madmen
"I Am Brave"
A Psychosis of Extreme Conditions
The Spiral of Transformation
Countdown
The Urge to Transform
Recovery
Chapter 4 Major Ordeals of Psychotic Mind 128
Radical Exchange
Ancient Miseries
The Root Disturbance
The Micro-operations
Working Model
The Autistic Ordeal
Part 2 The Means for Recovery
Chapter 5 Discovering Islands of Clarity 207
Coming Out
The Wisdom of Healing Environments
Recovering in a Hospital
The Windhorse Project
Recovery from Medications
Shift of Allegiance
Chapter 6 Learning Basic Attendance 247
The Working Team
The Work
Basic Attendance: The Clinical Skills
Creating a Team: An Exercise
Chapter 7 Creating a Therapeutic Home 285
On Your Doorstep
Households in Crisis
A Plan for a Hospital
Healing Community: The Binding Factors
The Brilliance of Recovery
Epilogue 317
Appendix 1 Psychotherapy 319
Appendix 2 The History of Sanity 353
Notes 373
Select Bibliography 383
Index 387
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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Podvoll lays out his fascinating view of the psychotic experienc

    Podvoll lays out his fascinating view of the psychotic experience through several case studies. He then presents some interesting ideas on working with psychosis using psychosocial interventions and mindfulness. Enjoyable read and a source of some good information!

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