Dr Kevin Morgan: Psychosis - Abnormal state of mind or just being human?
The term psychosis refers to a complex set of mental states usually where there is a loss of contact with reality accompanied by other disturbances of thought, emotion and perception. When someone is said to be psychotic it is commonly understood that the person has crossed a line that divides normal psychological health from a state of severe mental illness. Adopting a bio-psycho-social-cultural perspective I will consider the multifaceted nature of psychosis and question whether the transition between normality and mental illness is so clear-cut. The talk will be based on twenty years of research into people experiencing a psychotic episode for the first time in their lives and other investigations of non-psychotic people who nonetheless experience symptoms of psychosis.
Dr Kevin Morgan gained his BSc psychology degree at Brunel University and his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King¹s College London. Prior to teaching at the University of Westminster, he has held lecturing posts at the Open University and Birkbeck College. Kevin is a BPS chartered psychologist and has 20 years experience as a mental health researcher. His main research interests are patient insight, the experience of living with psychosis, structural neuroanatomy (MRI) and neuropsychological function in first-onset psychosis. Kevin is also a practicing psychotherapist and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.