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Straight Outta State Hospital

Instead of being afraid and promoting symptom suppression, we need to refine public understanding of what psychosis is: something to which most of us can relate. We need to open up dialogue about the emergency state and to challenge the medicalized cultural delusion that these experiences lead to irreversible brain damage. Finally, we need to learn to call upon to shamanic teachers who know how to live well with psychosis for help.

As someone with over twenty years of experience as a provider, I am still haunted by the fact that six years in, I found myself warehoused for three months in a state hospital. The two years of crisis I went through during and after my incarceration was a challenge. In fact, it was so bad, I wrote an award-winning book about it.

Learn about schizophrenia and psychosis with Tim Dreby

Across Diagnostic Categories!
Whether you are a sufferer, survivor, provider or loved one, I am almost certain that when we look across diagnostic categories that more people relate to these experiences than you think!

What Will People Think?
When a person first experiences a psychosis or special message emergency, many think a threshold has been crossed from which there is no going back. Often, associates presume the worst possible outcome and go on with their lives as if the sufferer no longer exists.

Treatment?
Often, the focus of treatment is overly protective reality checks and behavioral control. Many experts do not know what to do and utilize an institutional system that does not work and can make things worse. They may vastly underestimate what the sufferer can learn and accomplish.

A Vulgar Marxist Beat

Belizaro’s old Ford pickup Strained to cross the deep ruts It has gauged into me, Grinding its wheels Across my soft black earth. The truck coughed an echo Against my silent countryside, Carrying in it An empty-hearted American boy Who had come to see My fields of working men. Wheezing to a halt, Its echo […]

Original Gangster!?

You might think you know Where he comes from By noting the precision Of his feet as they Rest in sandals. Atop the spattered glass concrete. Looking at the charisma Buzzing within his disposition, You might imagine his room— The bed sheets and blankets Sucking on the mattress, The ugly, throw rug Nestling into the […]

Stigma

Jargonizing the Stigma Concept: Stigma is a mysterious external process that becomes internal that all message receivers face. Though stigma works in many different ways, I think it is particularly astounding and deceptive that it is not considered part of the definition of all forms of schizophrenia disorders. In my mind including it in the […]

How to Help Your Loved One Be A Successful Schizophrenic?

How many parents out there would rather learn that their child had developed a life-threatening cancer, than hear that their child carries a diagnosis of schizophrenia? Historically burned-out doctors may be known to make such negative statements about schizophrenia at the time of diagnosis. If they end up being wrong, they simply re-diagnose the sufferer […]

From understanding psychosis to helping people bounce back

About 3.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia in the U.S. alone. Moreover, many other diagnoses also involve experiences related to psychosis. For example, of the 5.7 million U.S. individuals who suffer from bipolar, 70% experience psychosis during mania and 50% experience psychosis during depression. Current estimates are that one in every ten people hear voices worldwide. Deprived of support, most of these people must fight to regain control of their minds in silence because most treatment modalities don’t give professionals the tools they need to accept and explore psychosis. Statistics suggest sufferers are more likely to recover if they reside in societies of the third world.

On this website, you are not going to find commonly accepted ways to treat schizophrenia, like medication or psychiatric incarceration. Instead, you will get educated about what lies behind the disorder and how a broader definition can lead to eclectic treatment strategies.

 

The way to schizophrenia treatment is through exploring and redefining the experiences of psychosis

 

Once diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia himself, licensed psychotherapist, Tim Dreby, strives to provide support for those who experience distress due to psychosis by sharing his story and creating a treatment modality that respects psychosis as an oppressed culture. There are ways to help people with schizophrenia without warehousing and using related behavioral control!

On this site Tim Dreby sells his book, Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions to open the eyes of those who believe that psychosis is irreversible. His publication aims to show you the world full of extraordinary experiences and covert realities from an ex-patient’s perspective. Based on a person-centered approach, the book will help you understand struggles associated with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and mainstream treatment modalities.

If you want to learn more about compassionate psychosis treatment models, be sure to challenge social stereotypes. You can buy Tim’s award-winning memoir or set up six-hour training in the Bay Area! Do not hesitate to Contact us with any questions!