A documentary film by Phil Borges on approaches to psychosis in different traditional cultures. CRAZYWISE reveals a paradigm shift challenging the way Western culture defines and treats “mental illness”. The documentary introduces patients, survivors and activists in a growing movement demanding more choices for recovery.
On December 11th 2015, the second edition of the Crazywise seminar will take place in Rotterdam. Sociologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and people with lived experience will bring a complementary perspective on psychosis as it is treated and defined today. A special emphasis is put on the idea of wisdom in crazyness, sense in madness.
Decades of medical research on psychosis have given us a medical treatment that brings relief to many patients experiencing psychosis. For a considerable group of patients though, this remedy seems to be insufficient and a minority of (ex) patients seems to be able to lead stable and fulfilling lives, without the help of medication. The psychotic experience and psychiatric practice bring up questions to which scientific researchers are yet to find the answers.
Crazywise 2015 will offer a stage to speakers from Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and the US from a diverse range of fields: psychiatry, psychology, sociology, advocacy and lived experience. The seminar will explore new approaches and alternative treatment methods and aims to inspire new research and a more effective practice. It’s perspective is not to be considered antipsychiatric, but offers a platform to those who wish to look for additional explanations, nuance and solutions in an open minded and constructive dialogue.
This seminar is an initiative of mental health care professionals and people with lived experience which gratefully borrowed the name of a documentary film by Phil Borges on approaches to psychosis in different traditional cultures.