Psychiatry: What Has Happened To You?

What has happened to psychiatry?  It used to be psychiatrists were the experts on therapy and medication.  But these days, psychiatrists are diagnosticians and medication managers only.  I am not sure how the change occurred or why.  Therapy  now occurs in the capable hands of PHD psychologists or licensed social workers. My brother, who has…

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What Is It like To Be Schizophrenic?

What is it like to be schizophrenic?  I asked my brother several years after the Clozaril had begun to work. I didn’t ask him directly about his schizophrenia because he will not respond to the word, schizophrenia.  I asked him what was his world like since he started the new medication. He looked at me quizzically…

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Schizophrenia:When Medication Works

My brother tried many medications for his schizophrenia before he became stable on Clozaril. It was a miracle of science to have a drug work so remarkably. For my brother, it was the removal of a fog that had covered his brain and relationships. Prior to starting Clozaril, he was very paranoid and often combative.…

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The Schizophrenic In The Family

The other day I was at a business conference.   During a break, I found myself listening to a conversation two people at my table were having.  Each had a child with schizophrenia.  Both children had their first psychotic break after 18 years.  Both were struggling with finding the right treatment and support.  Both were agonizing…

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