SLaM psychologist speaks of own experience with psychosis

Stories of Recovery and Hope

11 May 2011

A clinical psychologist from SLaM’s Psychosis Service has spoken about her own experience with psychosis in a new book, Psychosis: Stories of Recovery and Hope.

Emma Harding, from Tooting in South London, started experiencing psychosis while studying for a psychology degree. Now fully recovered, she works as a clinical psychologist at SLaM and works with people with psychosis.

Psychosis: Stories of Hope and Recovery captures a range of individual stories about patients living with psychosis. It presents their illness history, personal circumstances and what makes their particular story of treatment and recovery so unique and inspiring.

The book highlights many of the specific difficulties faced by individuals with a diagnosis of psychosis and schizophrenia, and their road to recovery.

Approximately 600,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with psychosis, with many facing discrimination about their condition and not receiving access to the best care. The book aims to provide a greater understanding of psychosis and present a positive outlook for patients and their carers.

“SLaM’s Psychosis Service is very dear to my heart, as it deals with people who have psychosis and other problems like depression, anxiety or drug abuse. I use cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy and some psychodynamic ideas. I am also encouraging patients to join SLaM’s involvement register,” Emma said.

“Mental illness doesn’t make you a bad person, or mean your life is over. It’s not something people need to be ashamed of or hide behind. It can be something to celebrate that can make your life unique and different,” Emma said of her experiences.

“There may be times when things aren’t going well and you get yourself in a rut, but you have to dig yourself out and move towards where you want to be, even if you don’t actually get there. There is a whole trail and tangent of experiences that have led you to wherever you are in life. Recovery is about not becoming jaded but looking to the future and accepting that there are interesting, new things to come.”

Click here to read Emma’s full chapter on her experiences with psychosis and becoming a psychologist

Click here to order a copy of Psychosis: Stories of Recovery and Hope which is available from Quay Books for £19.99.

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