Susan Lien Whigham - About the Author20 years ago, my mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown and was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. Ten years later, I began to research schizophrenia in an effort to empower myself and others to seek out a genuine understanding of the psychological condition known as schizophrenia. This endeavor has, through the years, brought me in contact with countless schizophrenic individuals who have supplemented my quest for knowledge with valuable and meaningful interpersonal experiences that could never be adequately expressed in the pages of a book. What you are reading on this website are my personal observations which result from this odyssey.
I'm not a doctor, or a psychologist, or a psychiatrist, nor do I have any interest in being any of these things. I have no desire to "rehabilitate" schizophrenics because I don't believe that schizophrenia is a disease. However, I do wish to bring a message of personal empowerment to those who have suffered trauma and are seeking recovery. No manual or well-intentioned individual can tell you exactly what it means to be healthy. You must seek that meaning out for yourself, and live it for yourself.
My credentials are my experiences, along with my unwavering belief in the value of faith, honesty and personal integrity. I imagine it's likely that your own experiences with schizophrenic behavior are what have brought you to this website. I call upon your experiences as evidence and I ask you, the reader, to weigh my assertions against your own common sense.
Susan Lien Whigham
January 15, 2011