New Journal Psychosis Launches with a Bang

In modern society, where academia is an integral aspect of professional fields, and a constantly growing body of bright minds and researchers, it is unsurprising that a veritable sea of academic journals are published each month, quarter, or year. Rounding up the prominent studies and touching upon extant wisdom worth revisiting, these journals create the basis for understanding and cooperation within professional communities. In the field of psychology, an impressive number of journals focus on everything from adolescent development to Alzheimer’s. Yet when it comes to schizophrenia, the selection is limited to journals that grapple with what little we understand about the condition and its etiology.

The entrance for Psychosis, then, couldn’t be more timely. The journal, which will focus on “psychological, social, and integrative approaches” to the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders, is being published in the United Kingdom. The first issue, recently released, features a review of the scarce yet valuable studies performed to ascertain the effectiveness of psycho-social support, rather than anti-psychotic medications, on patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The review was headed by Dr. John Bola, who hails from the University of Southern California, and made the resounding observation that psychotherapy and social support when administered in the early phases of the disorder have consistently yielded more positive results than batteries of drugs. A welcome revelation in a society eager to over-medicate, the review marks an excellent beginning for the new journal. As both medical and cognitive science evolve and improve, Psychosis may well be the center stage for the long-sought answers to the mysteries of schizophrenia, and prove that all those academic journals are ripe with the potential to bring about meaningful change. The journal officially launches in June at the ISPS Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.

© Copyright 2009 by Barbara Grace Babson,LCSW, therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Darla

    March 20th, 2009 at 7:12 AM

    I agree that it seems like every medicine under the sun is given for every kind of disease and ailment. It would be nice to know if there were other alternatives to at least some of these illnesses that can be treated without meds.

  • Justin

    March 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    I echo Darla’s thoughts. On a personal note, I do agree that schizophrenia is still a dark area for many people. In fact, a taboo subject sometimes even with the medical fraternity. It wd be great to know of what alternative postitive approaches are available for patients and care givers.

  • Maggie

    March 23rd, 2009 at 3:30 AM

    I am always searching for great professional reads and this sounds like it will be an interesting one for sure.

  • Heather

    March 24th, 2009 at 1:38 AM

    I think schizophrenia has definitely to be confronted thro psychosis at it helps understand the mind of the person before treatment is given. This is definitely going to be a good one.

  • Lila

    March 24th, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    Sounds to me that this journal will supply an abundance of information for a lot of us to help understand schizophrenia.

  • Edward

    March 27th, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    I am curious if this journal would be available to lay people. I have a son in medical school wanting to specialise in psychiatry. This definitely sounds interesting.

  • Val

    April 6th, 2009 at 2:28 AM

    I wonder if hypnosis can help with schizophrenia? I have read about past life regression and wonder if this could be an alternative.

  • Dr John Read

    November 17th, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Thankyou Noah for your kind words about PSYCHOSIS, and thanks to for the comments above. In answer to the question about access to the journal, the cheapest way to get it is to join ISPS – subscription to PSYCHOSIS comes free
    John Read – Editor, PSYCHOSIS

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