[D-G] Voicing Psychotic Experiences

Super Dragon superdragon at addlebrain.com
Tue Sep 15 01:30:34 PDT 2009

Hi all, I thought some of you might be interested in this-although the book isn't 'on' Deleuze and Guattari-it is a practical attempt at making sense from nonsense without idealising schizophrenia. The narratives are by people with first hand experience of psychosis whereas the editorial attempts to break down some of the molar oppositions in mental health practice in the Uk. Implicitly, I have tried to open these practices to oustide thought without being 'too theoretical' for the targetted audience (frontline mental health workers and people that experience psychosis). Some of it is a bit bleak.    

Cheers Ruth

NEW - Voicing Psychotic Experiences
A reconsideration of recovery and diversity
Edited by Ruth Chandler and Mark Hayward

Voicing Psychotic Experiences explores the process of recovery from psychosis, although is applicable to recovery from all mental health problems, by looking at definitions, research, diversity and personal experiences. This handbook presents a series of recovery narratives with the aim of giving an insight into the process of recovery with each chapter clearly pulling out ‘lessons learnt’ for practice. The authors challenge the notion that one single model of recovery can be an adequate operational model and they instead offer a qualitative evidence base for understanding psychotic experience(s) as part of a diverse recovery spectrum. 

Comments on the book:

‘This book presents a powerful tool for staff, carers and people who use mental health services to engage in person-centred support.’ 
John Larson, Rethink 

'Everyone who works in mental health services… or has themselves experienced mental health problems should read this book.’ 
Anne Cooke, Canterbury Christ Church University

"These stories provide enough evidence to convince us of the need to transform Mental Health Services to become recovery-orientated" 
Dr Jed Boardman PhD FRCPsych, Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Health Services and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry 

"There exists a huge void between the worlds of mental health staff and people who experience psychosis. Within this void there is silence, stigma, abuse, fear, misunderstanding and layers upon layers of discrimination. 

The story tellers in 'Voicing Psychotic Experiences have reached out to fill this void by providing real and gripping accounts of their experiences, now it is up to the reader to embrace these stories and to change not only their practice but the practice of others in developing and applying human rights based approaches to healthcare in the UK and around the world" 
Robert Jones, Head of Equality and Diversity, East London NHS Foundation Trust 

This is a great book. The word 'insight' is often used and discussed in relation to mental health problems. Anyone who reads these narrative accounts from people who have experienced psychosis will gain a great deal of insight into their lives, loves, frustrations, traumas and how they have, in different ways, made sense of their experiences. These honest, open and fascinating accounts are also put into context through the discourse and reflections of the editors. 

This book has evolved from the efforts of a few people who share a common passion for education and training in the mental health field. Nobody ever told them they should provide this training - they just do it because they both want to and believe in it. Their success emanates from their internal sense that what they do is important. I hope they continue on the path they have chosen and I also hope that many people read this excellent book.
Thurstine Basset Independent Training Consultant Visiting Fellow, University of Brighton Chair, Mental Health Training Forum, Middlesex University 

This book can be used in conjunction with the Psychosis Revisited training manual or independently as part of an evidence base for recovery as a broad spectrum of different meanings. Vital information for: mental health workers, users, carers and students
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Sloughing one's skin.-The snake that cannot slough its skin perishes. Likewise spirits which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be spirits (Nietzsche: Daybreak:V:573)   

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From: charles hubaker <solntsepyati at yahoo.com>
To: deleuze-guattari at lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [D-G] Thoreau, etc.
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 06:59:04 -0700 (PDT)

Just as in Auschwitz, under certain circumstances, one will share the water-jug. But the idea of a snitch is seriously in need of readjustment, especially since we have witnessed the knowledge-envy forged parameters of the Brownsville Agreement. One 'snitch' just happened to be a local boy from Sinaloa who had turned on the local Sinaloa Cowboys. When his cover was blown, he ended up getting raped from behind and died of HIV/AIDS. One has to go back to look at Catholic colonization in Sinaloa first, to grasp that it, like other xian pathologies, must first take out the local shaman, who knows the hood. Sinaloa was a low-population region much lke south Georgia, and the reader knows that the Carter family farm was 'negotiated' away from the Indians. What better way to stop Catholic drug-pushers than to recruit a local boy against their organized religious mafias, who don't give a flying rat's rear-end about the environment that humans are forced to be a
 prisoner of? In Columbia, the 'snitch' is killed and lain in parallel with the road. This still allows traffic into and out of its capitalist zone (never stop making it just another business day). But during the month of September in Arkansas, tarantulas will cross the road in their annual migrations. The Clinton Arkansas Tarantula Cartel is connected to a very special Sicilian family on Aruba, so the term 'mano negra' becomes a prominent image when comparing it with the critter that cares little about drugs. In fact, the Arkansas tarantula appears as a large black hand crossing the highway. Shades of the Munsters. But these days there are deadly compounds being laced into cocaine. This is simply another 'trade-mark' ploy for allegiance.

So, more reasons why I would do some riffs on horn at the edge of the Grand Canyon for a Madonna video. Injections of theological discourse as a youth is what likely fuc--- up Billy 'saxophone' Clinton. Morgan's excerpt reveals the serious and infantile knowledge envy of a saxophone-playing Rhodes scholar president:

'The Mexican put the word out on the border that U.S. agents were free for the taking, bought and paid for. Whereas this had been deemed bad business practice in the past, dope smuggling mules were now given permission by corrupt elements of the MFJP to shoot at Border Patrol and Customs agents if they had a chance. We had broken one of Clinton's new rules about not notifying Mexico of our operations down south, and the Mexican government was bound and determined to make us pay for it. Never mind that on a daily basis these same motherf----rs* send armed dope smugglers across our borders in what we all should call an outrageous invasion of our sovereing soil. But when we try to do something defensive about it, to stop the poisoning of our children, the Mexicans reverse the political spin on it and we somehow are painted as the aggressors.'
(Morgan, The Reaper's Line: Life and Death on the Mexican Border)
* motherfuckers

Organized religous mafias have quite a bit of experience wuith the concept of miscegenation. That is why the the expose of Clinton's trollop-wife came to be posted (GPS666 thread) at

Yes, 'eating and dieting as enhanced masturbation' correlate with Rado's take on the devouring drive. The Freudian's did get some things 'right.'

From: John Young <jya at pipeline.com>
To: deleuze-guattari at lists.driftline.org
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:11:10 AM
Subject: Re: [D-G] Thoreau, etc.

Yes, these remarks are educatively packed with fine-grained

Consider, as I have, what to say to Mexican insurgents laying low
during daylight along the Arizona border just inside the Organ Pipe
Cactus National Monument avoiding tourist sightings, Border Patrol
overflights, unmanned human scent sniffers, hired-trackers and
double-crossing informants making a buck turning in their own
adventure-eager late-capitalists.

Do you first assay their disease threat or share your water jug
with mouths containing germs lethal to Norteamericanos?

When offered in return for your drink a mash of cornmeal, hot sauce,
pig grease and chicken claw, will you down it without fear of
toxic infection far dealier than Montezuma's Revenge?

Can you tell them in plain Aztecan-Chinese-Spanish-Mexican-
Anglo patois what bodily and trans-cultural erasure threats they
face coming into a country out of its mind with blind faith in
science and religion as answers to sickness and mortality,
wealth accumulation and warmaking as tonic for anxiety, high
art and pornography as emodiments of highest education,
computers and the Internet as antidotes to Thoreavian reflection,
overeating and dieting as enhanced masturbation, women and
children sexual abuse and adoration as legalized torture by
figures of greatest authority?

When a knife is pulled by a dusty grimacing female to demand
your money in SoCal-lingo mercilessness, how will you convince
the menacing brokers you are merely a golden-hearted American
with only boundless guilt to offer?

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