‘A DISORDER FOR EVERYONE!’ - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis…

‘A DISORDER FOR EVERYONE!’ - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis…

When: Friday, 3rd November 2017, 9:00 am

Where: Jurys Inn Newcastle, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD

AD4E is coming to Newcastle
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo McFarlane, Sally Fox, Julie Leonovs, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney

About the day
The event features not just professionals but people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an essential contribution to make to the debate.
Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery. Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning.

A choice of workshops will be offered in the afternoon as well as a discussion question and answer panel (Details to follow)

What people have said about the event...

"The whole day has been a transformative experience. I have always been uncomfortable with labels but felt I had to go along with it. Now I feel empowered to offer the people I work with the option at least to explore alternative ways of understanding their pain." (Participant Birmingham)

"I feel like I am at the beginning of an exciting and liberating journey. Thank you Lucy" (Participant on Birmingham )

"I've been told I am ill for the best part of 20 years and given the 'meds' to go along with it. This has never felt right, now I know it isn't right." (participant Bristol)

"A Disorder for Everyone is not your average event. I have learnt that I need to unlearn! I am re-evaluating everything!" (Participant Birmingham)

"Everything about today has been validating, I really needed this course!" (participant Edinburgh)

"Lucy's straight forward, commonsense approach was just what I needed at the moment. Her message is simple: Listen to people, to their stories and help them make their own sense about their lives" (Participant Birmingham course)

"I have no idea what to make of it all, but I feel like i'm at the start of a mini personal revolution!" (participant London)

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