My friend and co-editor here on Beyond Meds, Will Hall, spoke at the American Psychiatric Association a day or two ago. I just listened to this talk and was moved very deeply. Imagine — he just said all this stuff in front of a room filled with psychiatrists!!
For those of you who don’t know Will Hall, he was once upon a time diagnosed with schizoaffective schizophrenia, which is commonly understood to be a mix of schizophrenia and bipolar. His story is here.
Will stood in front of the psychiatrists at their association conference, a living example of someone who now thrives as a result of trusting his gut once he realized that psychiatric drugs were making his issues worse. He then speaks about many documented studies that support the belief that this sort of robust recovery happens if and when people are able to stop taking psychiatric drugs. Some of those doctors must have been squirming.
I can only imagine it must have been somewhat terrifying for Will to stand in such a room, but you can’t tell if it was. He did a truly wonderful job!
Mental diversity 13 practical innovations to improve recovery outcomes for schizophrenia, bipolar and psychosis
See more about Will Hall’s work at willhall.net
UPDATE: Will Hall gave the keynote speech at Alternatives 2012 both the APA talk and the Alternatives talk happened within a week and a half. Pretty lovely and amazing.
For a bit of documentation on recovery from psychosis one can visit the information page on Open Dialogue.
Other ways of understanding and healing psychosis: