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A distilation of many year's paintings on a healing millieu ward of the Maudsley health facility, within which the psychotic sufferers have been handled with an intergrated mixture of psychiatric and pychological care anchored within the use of complicated psychoanalytic options of psychosis. Compelling scientific fabric is reproduced to aid light up the which means of health problems resembling paranoid schizophrenia, catatonia, psychotic anorexia and manic melancholy.
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I j u s t find quite frightening. M J : Although in one way it might be a relief, it feels frighten ing, because you feel something is being done to your head. You feel that you are being influenced in ways that will h a r m you. Sally: Things of mine . . I j u s t . . I don't care about space any more . . I want to be with somebody who loves me, a n d I feel a s if people don't care. And the radio doesn't work, a n d that frightens me a lot, and every time I phone people up . . that frightens me .
Over the p a s t two weeks S a l l y h a s been a safety r i s k . Her destructive i m p u l s e s have been m a i n l y directed at herself. S h e broke crockery a n d 18 UNIMAGINABLE STORMS used the pieces to make grazes to her wrists. Subsequently she hit me and another nurse, a n d these incidents were felt to contain a spiteful kind of childish defiance. They occurred when it was a helping kind of intervention we were involved in: in one case care plans a n d i n the other when a n u r s e w a s trying to help her make a telephone call.
You know. You c a n say if you p u n c h yourself you feel dead because you can't feel the p u n c h . . but not that . . you're dead . . oh, I don't know . . MJ: You can't feel the p u n c h , a n d you remain feeling dead? PARANOID S C H I Z O P H R E N I A Sally: 29 Yes. M J : B u t if you could do something that you could feel, then y o u might feel more alive. Sally [calmer]: Y e s . ] Something wicked h a p p e n e d to do w i t h blood . . b e c a u s e I get periods, a n d I slept with m e n with my period .