Join us as we read books about psychosis and extreme states. What can we learn from each other?
Each month we will read a different book and discuss it over a special Book Club listserv. At the end of the month, we will have a Zoom Q & A with the Author. Books can be purchased in the ISPS-US bookstore to help ISPS-US financially (a portion of your Amazon.com purchase goes to ISPS-US without additional cost to you).
This month (May) we are reading Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in my Head by Claire Bien:
When Claire Bien first began hearing voices, they were infrequent, benign and seemingly just curious about her life and the world around her. But the more attention Claire paid, the more frequently they began to speak, and the darker their intentions became…
Despite escalating paranoia, an initial diagnosis of Schizophreniform Disorder and taking medication with debilitating side effects, Claire learned to face her demons and manage her condition without the need for long-term medication. In this gripping memoir, Claire recounts with eloquence her most troubled times. She explains how she managed to regain control over her mind and her life even while intermittently hearing voices, through self-guided and professional therapy and with the support of family and friends. Challenging a purely medical understanding of hearing voices, Claire advocates for an end to the stigma of those who experience auditory verbal hallucinations, and a change of thinking from the professionals who treat the condition.
When you purchase a ticket, you will be added to the listserv and given the Zoom link to the Q & A which will happen on Sunday May 31st at 7pm EST.
Upon request, copies of the chapter of the book are available while people are waiting for their book to arrive. Discussion starts May 1st, and continues throughout the month.
A donation of $10-40 is suggested, and your donation supports ISPS-US. Sign up on Eventbrite.