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Home Special Issues Experiencing Psychosis: An Attempt to Explore the ‘Unknown’ and Its Possible Meanings
Experiencing Psychosis: An Attempt to Explore the ‘Unknown’ and Its Possible Meanings
Title:      Experiencing Psychosis: An Attempt to Explore the ‘Unknown’ and Its Possible Meanings
Categories:      Special Issues
JournalID:      IJIPS201601
Editor:      Avneesh Narain, Varsha Gupta
ISSN:      2348-5396
Publisher:      RED'SHINE Publication. Inc
Publication date:      10 Jan 2016
Edition:      2016
Number of pages:      0
Language:      English
Rating:      5 
Picture:      cover
Psychosis and its associated symptoms have always  been intriguing and are subject of on-going research across the world. in this work we have tried to reflect upon and understand it, in our limited capacities. Psychosis has a long history and various work done on the similar lines as ours' have been systematically and thoroughly reviewed. This work is highly qualitative in nature and takes into account the subjective experience and histories of the cases taken up. The term psychosis was first introduced by Karl Friedrich Constatt who used it as an abbreviation of "psychic neurosis," when neurosis then referred to any nervous system disease. Its quite interesting how the understanding of Psychosis has developed during the years, During the medieval era, patients with psychosis were imprisoned in dungeons alongside criminals or were locked up in lunatic asylums. The treatment mainly involved physical punishments and torture. Men and women with psychosis and other mental health disorders were often accused and tried for practicing witchcraft. Later on we had Philosopher Thomas Aquinas and theologian and scientist Albertus Magnus. They developed the concept of psychopathology, which proposed that mental illness or insanity arose from physical ailment, as it was not believed possible that the "soul" could become ill. As Western society started to grow after the middle ages and thinking became more revolutionary and humanitarian, the situation started to improve for mentally ill individuals. During the French Revolution, a man called Philippe Pinel started to physically free mental patients by removing their manacles and chains. In addition, a scientific interest in mental health began to emerge and replace the religious approach.

Key Words : hallucinations, delusions, symptoms, trauma, family

About the Authors:

Mr. Avneesh Narain is currently working with Schizophrenics in the capacity of a Counseling Psychologist. He finds the world of a Psychotic, intriguing and captivating. He intends to do a research in a similar field at a later stage. Other than that, he is a nature lover, enjoys travelling, exploring different cultures and also indulges in some sports.

Ms Varsha Gupta is a Psychologist, with a Masters from AUD, Delhi. She aspires to be a clinician in the field of mental health. Apart from clinical psychology, studying religion and cultural practices interests her. She is very much into exploring the phenomenas like ‘demonic possession’ and ‘faith healing’ and how a patient brings culture to the clinic. She enjoys travelling and cooking.

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© 2016 IJIP Authors; licensee IJIP. This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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