Complete recovery from schizophrenia?

Complete recovery from schizophrenia? 

This is the first time in a series of blog posts related to my research series (my medical research at Saybrook University) of people who have undergone full recovery and long-term treatment without being diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. This is a very interesting study because it is one of the few areas within psychological research that remains almost completely open. One very open reason is that most Westerners do not believe that a real recovery from schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders is possible, despite important evidence to the contrary. 

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With some very positive findings emerging in the middle of this study, I want to start this series of postings summarizing one of the most promising aspects of my research, which is a group of five emerging factors that are considered to be the most important elements in my participants' recovery process. But before we consider these features, we should back up a minute…

In reading the statement in the previous section, “… people who have made a complete recovery and prolonged stay without medication in schizophrenia…,” it is likely that many students will take it twice. Yes, you read that correctly. Contrary to this widespread myth about schizophrenia, research is strong enough to show us that it is not just a complete recovery without medication for schizophrenia, it is surprisingly common, and in fact the most common side effect in many of the world's poorest countries, such as India, Columbia, and -Ngeria, and as a result of some psychological interventions, such as Open Dialogue Approach used in Lapland, Finland.

This may come as a surprise to many because we have not heard much about this from the mainstream media. In fact, we often hear the opposite message repeated over and over again in a variety of ways — something that says, "Schizophrenia is a degenerative brain disease when it is impossible to full recover." Given the overwhelming evidence that full recovery is possible or actually normal, comes from less reputable sources than the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Mental Health, it is very unfortunate that the belief that no recovery continues uninterrupted. But in the meantime, instead of moving on to the details of this rescue study fb let's return to the topic at hand - things that seem to be very important to those who have experienced this complete and permanent recovery:

Fact # 1: 

Hope you can really recover. All participants in all three of my research studies indicated that in order to even embark on a journey to real recovery, they first believed that such recovery was possible. And in order to do so, almost all of them had to rid themselves of the powerful despair caused by the poisonous (and true) belief that such recovery was impossible - the belief that all had been forced to do so many cases within the treatment they had received.

Fact # 2:

Coming to understand their alternative to brain function is the concept of brain disease. All participants continued the process of developing a more confident understanding of their psychological experiences, often coming to see their psychosis as a natural even more dangerous and dangerous process initiated by their psyche to try to cope and / or heal on the way to being in the world that could no longer be independent of them.

Fact #3: 

Getting an explanation. All participants expressed the importance of communicating with the goals / activities that make their lives worth living - which gave them the motivation to greet each new day with warm hands and to deliver their energy in a productive way. And they all said they should overcome the significant ban on this feature from the standard treatments they received, which included strong antiretroviral drugs (antipsychotics in particular) as well as down-to-earth advice and avoid stress at all costs.

Fact # 4: 

Connecting with their lives. All participants reported how important it was for them to communicate more deeply with themselves - especially about their feelings, needs, and sense of independence. Also, they all report that they find a major obstacle to this aspect from the traditional treatment they have found — both internal conflicts from the belief in having a diseased brain and the magnificent psychotropic drugs they were in.

Fact # 5: 

Dealing with their relationship. All participants expressed the importance of healing and / or distancing themselves from unhealthy relationships and developing positive. They all felt that unhealthy relationships played a significant role in their risk of developing early psychosis, so this type of activity was very important. Many of them expressed gratitude to the therapist or friend who made the task easier.

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Therefore, as we look at the total amount of these recovery items, we find the disturbing impression that a standard approach to psychosis / schizophrenia care may be more of a barrier to human recovery. In particular, there are two common questions about standardized care that should be seriously considered:


Although there is a widespread belief that a person should stay on antipsychotics or the same powerful psychological drugs for the duration of a person's life, emerging recovery studies reveal a very different picture. Not only did we find this in my research, but a recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health (not less) paints a similar picture. The study actually included the follow-up of many people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia in a non-invasive way, simply allowing them to continue their life in their own way, and allowing them to choose their own treatment. 

At age 15, it was found that of those who chose to stop taking their medication for mental illness, 44% were considered "recovering," compared with only 5% of those who regularly adhered to these guidelines. This is almost nine times the difference in favor of those who have stopped taking prescribed medication for mental illness. A study by the World Health Organization has also shown that so-called “developing” countries where psychiatric use is rare, more than half of those diagnosed with schizophrenia continue to experience full recovery, compared to only one-third of those in the US and other so-called “developed” countries. very much.

So we find ourselves in a lot of trouble. On the other hand, it is considered a high risk to suggest that those diagnosed with schizophrenia should consider withdrawing from these drugs, and even the speculation may be considered one of the worst forms of mental health care; but on the other hand, research suggests that for many people, that is exactly what is needed. Of course, research also shows that the emergence of these potent drugs is very dangerous and should be done very slowly and under the careful guidance of a specialist.


Another major feature of the standard treatment model that we find to be problematic is the practice of trying to convince a person that he or she has a brain disorder for which he or she may not recover. But the fact is that the hypothesis for brain disease remains unproven (see Rethinking Madness for a full discussion of this), and that full and permanent recovery is common. 

We also find that the hopelessness often caused by this belief often leads to the fulfillment of prophecy - it seems very difficult to find a real recovery when you do not believe it is possible. In view of these factors, it is clear that we need to take a serious look at the risk / benefit ratio of pushing these beliefs into people and the moral implications of continuing to do so.

We therefore find ourselves at an important stage in our treatment of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. We can take the path of less opposition, disregard the results of current recovery research, and continue treatment as usual, and continue to pay the rising costs of this treatment to the community, the people diagnosed, and their families. Or we can take the challenge of really embracing emerging research research and its effects. 

This approach will certainly require major overhaul of our mental health care system, but it offers the potential for more reliable outcomes for those diagnosed as well as a significantly reduced burden on our society that continues to struggle as a large percentage of people recover and regain self-care. The choice is ours.








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