Dec 2, 2017
This week on MIA Radio, we
interview Dr. George
Atwood. Dr. Atwood has
devoted a substantial part of his life to the study and treatment
of what he refers to as ‘so-called psychosis’. He has
authored or coauthored several books, including The Abyss of
madness published in 2011 and more than one hundred
In the episode we
- The story of how Dr.
Atwood came to be interested in
“so-called psychosis,” including what piqued his interest as a high
school student, and his work under mentors Austin DesLauriers and
- An overview of his more recent
work on intersubjective theory with collaborator and friend, Robert
- After studying what he refers to
as “madness” for over 50 years, Dr. Atwood offers his perspective that madness is
not a disease or illness existing within a person, but a subjective
experience of self-dissolution or catastrophe.
- How diagnostic classification
systems can result in the false reification of mental diseases in a
way that obscures individual realities.
- The phenomenological approach,
or the study of individual human subjective experiences, as
offering a hopeful future in a shifting away from “illness” or
- How psychotherapy, as a healing
process, includes the relational context between clinician and
patient, meriting a dedication to personal histories and contexts
rather than overt symptoms.
- The history of the term
“schizophrenia,” and how terms such as these are embedded in a
Cartesian medical model.
- A few of Dr. Atwood’s clinical cases and particularly his
perspectives on “so-called psychosis” and “so-called bipolar
Dr. George Atwood's Personal Website
with Works and Lectures
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