"The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope."
"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
"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
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
by James Lawler and Penny Tompkins
Decisive Resolution of Trauma in Brief Therapy
by Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB
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
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