And the first thing I notice is that it begins and ends with "relapse". Other main themes are attachment theory, paranoia, trauma, the interpersonal and beliefs. A section on antipsychotic medication and relapse (I would have written a chapter or more on this, from my own personal and family's experience).
Sections that I would go to first because the strapline sounds useful:
- Ch7: The paranoid mind is strategically deployed.
- Ch8: Psychosis as a traumatic event.
- Ch11: Phenomenology of relapse
- Ch11: Decatastrophising relapse.
I didn't see much about Recovery in the Contents headings. In fact the word recovery is hardly ever mentioned, just in Part III, which is interesting. I think this book would benefit from psychiatric survivor co-authoring, an experiential perspective to back up the theory, from someone who has resisted relapse and lifelong mental illness prognoses. To put flesh on the bones.
Here's a screenshot from 'The Seduction of Madness: A revolutionary approach to recovery at home', Dr Edward M Podvoll, 1990, Random Century Ltd, one of the books I'm dipping in to while studying Staying Well:
|p37, Parables of Madness, Perceval's Courage|