When people are “mad,” they are often insisting that certain things are so, and frequently seem unwilling or incapable of appreciating or learning from other perspectives. Yet when the supposedly “sane” mental health system approaches those who are mad, it typically does the same thing …
Mackler’s work has been featured here on Beyond Meds many times. For more information his website is here.
OPEN DIALOGUE: 74-minute documentary film on the Western Lapland Open Dialogue Project, the program presently getting the best results in the developed world for first-break psychosis — approximately 85% full recovery, a far majority off antipsychotic medication. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
On this blog there is now a nice collection of articles on Open Dialogue as it’s used in Western Lapland Finland with people who find themselves experiencing all manner of psychotic phenomena. The psychiatric hospitals are nearly empty there. The method can be learned and the results have been documented. People heal and go on to have lives that thrive.
There is an insistence on calling certain phenomena of the psyche mental illness, in spite of the fact that when attended to properly the journey out of confusion can be deeply and positively transformative and healing. This is the tragedy…this call to deep, positive transformation raises terror in far too many people and so those […]