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The Phenomenology of the Psychotic Break and Huxley's Trip: Substance Use and the Onset of Psychosis

Barnaby Nelson, Louis A Sass



BACKGROUND: While considerable research attention has been devoted to the causal relationship between substance use and psychosis, the phenomenology of the association between the two has largely been ignored. This is a significant shortcoming, because it blinds researchers to the possibility that there may be elements of the subjective experience of substance use and psychosis that contribute to their apparent relationship in empirical studies. SAMPLING AND METHODS: The current paper examines the phenomenology of the onset of psychosis and the phenomenology of substance intoxication through consideration of two texts: Sass's account of the phenomenology of psychosis onset and Huxley's accou..

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