At 17, Eleanor Longden had a promising future ahead of her; then she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a lifelong battle with the voices in her head, today she has a Masters in psychology.
More of Eleanor’s story on Beyond Meds here: Meaning From Voices Eleanor Longden: Madness Radio (with additional links there)
More on HEARING VOICES
More posts on Beyond Meds about those with psychosis of all kinds healing and recovering free of drugs:
● “Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis”
● “People recover from psychotic disorders all the time, all over the world.” Our mental health system’s denial of this costs lives
A diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychotic bipolar need not be a life-long cross to bear. People are generally told these diagnosis are lifelong disabilities that will worsen without life-long medications. This is simply not the case in many instances and in fact there is much evidence to the contrary. Life-long use of psychiatric drugs can actually worsen symptoms and outcome in a great many people. Too few people are granted the opportunity or given the information to find out if they might heal in other ways and what other options they might have.