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"The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope."

--William Shakespeare

"Reduced latent inhibition has been found to be characteristic of the schizophrenia spectrum, including both schizotypy and frank schizophrenia, particularly in its acute rather than chronic manifestations. This suggests that individuals within this spectrum are marked by relative openness to environmental stimuli irrespective of the past significance of the stimuli; an attenuated ‘screening out’ of stimuli is operative. Hemsley argues from a cognitive perspective that schizophrenia is characterized by a loosening of expectations based on previous experience and suggests that, although this may contribute to a disruption in sense of self, it may in fact confer some positive advantages. Interestingly, recent genetic research findings are consistent with the view that heritable phenotypes associated with schizophrenia liability provide an adaptive advantage by conferring heightened creative ability."

--source: Relating Schizotypy and Personality to the Phenomenolog of Creativity

Click here to view Crooked Beauty by Ken Paul Rosenthal

"If I was determined to live my life in a city and to work a really intensive steady job in an office, I think I would have to take medication to do that. But I don't think that fact means that I have a disease. I think it means that it would take a pharmaceutical substance to override my instincts - to make me capable of fitting into a system that was not designed for someone with a spirit like mine."
--J. Ashley McNamara, Crooked Beauty

"Many people continue to assume that serious problems such as hallucinations and delusional beliefs are quintessentially biological in origin, but we now have considerable evidence that traumatic childhood experiences (poverty, abuse, etc.) are associated with later psychotic experiences."

"Unfortunately, the emphasis on biological explanations for mental health problems may not help matters because it presents problems as a fundamental, heritable and immutable part of the individual. In contrast, a more genuinely empathic approach would be to understand how we all respond emotionally to life’s challenges."

--source: Why We Need to Abandon the Disease-Model of Mental Health Care

The Icarus Project
navigating the space between brilliance and madness

The Antipsychiatry Coalition
a host of informative articles on schizophrenia and other controversial topics

Schizophrenia and Recovery Resources
some useful articles on schizophrenia and recovery

Successful Schizophrenia
firsthand accounts of "breakthroughs", not "breakdowns" - and more

Schizophrenia, by tallguywrites
A comic strip devoted to de-stigmatizing schizophrenia

The Role of Metaphor in Recovery from Trauma
An essay by Susan Lien Whigham

Learning Metaphors
by James Lawler and Penny Tompkins

Decisive Resolution of Trauma in Brief Therapy
by Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB

Tardive Dyskinesia
Tardive Dyskinesia & Reglan - Symptoms, Side Effects & Treatments

Withdrawal from a Legal Drug
by Benjamin McFadden - One man's personal account of withdrawal from psychiatric medication and firsthand perspective on the schizophrenic mindset

Embracing the Fragmented Self
Shamanic Explorations of the Sacred in Schizophrenia
by Maureen B. Roberts, PhD

Further Recommended Reading:

Trauma and Recovery
Judith Lewis Herman, M.D.

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
Alice Miller

Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers
Multiple Authors, edited by Peter Lehmann

Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

Myths to Live by
Joseph Campbell

The Drama of the Gifted Child:
The Search for the True Self

Alice Miller

Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry
Multiple Authors, edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann

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