The chapter “Understanding psychoses” deals first and foremost with an open access by the understanding of psychoses and bipolar disorders. This means the attempt to focus on something that is actually obvious: a comprehensive and differentiated perception which understands people not just as symptom carriers but as people. The sense thus consists in bringing together somatic, psychological and social aspects of the disorders by means of philosophical considerations and as a consequence understanding this better – providing a basis for an open understanding and a dialogue-based therapy. The following chapter on understanding is thus at the same time preparation and supplement for the chapters Information about Psychoses and Bipolar Disorders.
The “anthropological” approach of the understanding is intended to reduce the fear of psychoses without trivializing them. It is intended to counteract the prevalent prejudices so that the experience is easier to integrate and remedies become more easily accessible.