About

Straight Outta State Hospital

If you have experiences associated with psychosis, whether they are good or bad, you have probably been influenced by the history of institutionalization that works to suppress your experiences. I have created this site to help myself and others change the way psychosis is treated in the clinics and public. I spent years learning to suppress, but feel that in treatment there needs to be safe places where people don’t get punished for having these experiences.

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.

Becoming More Mindful of Culture

I am convinced that amazing growth can occur when mad people come together and share their mad experiences in a safe and inclusive arena. Over the past eight years, I have led group therapy and trainings that go towards mad experience to explore it further. I have found that in listening to very unique mad […]

Memoir on Schizophrenia Wins Big in Human Relations Indie Book Award

Author, Clyde Dee, wins in four categories to add to growing list of awards for his memoir about surviving a “Schizophrenia” diagnosis! Clyde Dee, author of Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions (Outskirts Press,) was selected a multi-winner in the first annual (2016) Human Relations Indie Book Awards. […]

Initial Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Outskirts Press Releases New Memoir About Surviving a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia: Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee   In the frontiers of America’s mental health institutions, fighting for freedom can become very personal. September 24, 2015 – Denver, CO and Oakland, CA – In Fighting for Freedom in America, released […]

The War on Drugs: a Symptom of a Larger Issue

By Corinita Reyes In the war on drugs, the real targets have not been drugs themselves but on those who live a life in which drugs are ever present. Drugs prove to be a persistent issue in low income neighborhoods, specifically those who have an ethnically diverse makeup. The fact that those affected most by […]

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!