Thursday, June 23, 2011

A recovery story

Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight. About Marsha M. Linehan, from the New York Times.


  1. Thanks for the link Rossa. Hopefully the times are changing...Personally, I find it is hard to stop feeling ashamed of some of the things I said and did when I was 'mad', but it's necessary to come clean so that others do not suffer such shame in the future. I hope this will make the path to recovery easier for those others.

  2. Guilt and shame are there to begin with, and then there is the memory of what someone may have said or done during "madness" to add to the feelings of shame. Emotional Freedom Technique and Sahaja Yoga (to name just two interventions my son has tried)work specifically on the guilt through affirmations and massaging chakra/meridien points of the body. This is energy psychology, really.

  3. Rossa,

    Thank you for posting.

    These are a a few more stories of recovery that I hope some of your readers find inspirational -

    Pat Deegan, Ph.D. -

    Dan Fisher, M.D., Ph.D. -

    Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D. -

    Ronald Bassman, Ph.D. -

    My best,

    Duane Sherry

  4. i have schitzophrenia and take no medication for it. i had it first in early childhood, it stopped, then picked back up again in my mid-late teen years. the disorder can impair ones ability to work and concentrate some days. it is NOT a disorder that in any way effects ones intellagence level as i recieved A's in some classes through college. It's associated with axiety and i found can be controlled through reduceing caffiene consumption, makeing sure to sleep for 8 hours, keeping the mind occupied with goals and plans for achieving those goals, and eating healthy. there is no avoiding the few bad days per month occompanied with the disorder and by that i mean getting less than 8 hours of sleep for multiple days in a row and not being able focus at any job as a result. perhaps medication would help but ill never take medication. i found being involved in church groups helps schitzophrenia greatly along with prayer . it is in my hopes to be cured from this mental illness one day or gain a level of comfort with the symtoms associated with schitzophrenia so i can maintain a regular life. a lack of sleep some nights i find is the most impairing along with the angre associated with other symptoms . hearing voices, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, are easy to get use to. i wish i could remember back to when i was a kid, i cured it once before it came back though. id like to undergo a process of hypnosis taking me back to my childhood to find out exactly how or what stopped it. the good news is people have lived long/healthy lives with schitzophrenia like brian wilson from the beach boys. i feel fame would be the best choice for a schitzophrenic career wise because it doesn't involve any set work schedule. Producers/Directors look for schitzophrenics to take part in films because schitzophrenics will give many low budget films a HUGE budget increase. (from 2.5 million extended to 3.75 million budget limits). If you have schitzophrenia, dont panic this disorder is in no way going to sabatoge your health or ruin your dreams of having a family one day. its just going to take take years of getting use to and plenty of thoughts that involve finding alternative routes toward a succesful social/finacial future. i found new career goals that i never would have dreamed of coming true along with a tremendouse amount of willpower that i gained from having what many would consider to be a horrible mental illness. Just remember to never give up, try and find the good associated with any mental illness and cures that dont always involve medication.

  5. Anonymous, thank you for sharing your story with others and giving them hope!


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