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Some More People Who Have Recovered From Schizophrenia

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Some More People Who Have Recovered From Schizophrenia


Some People Who Have Recovered From Schizophrenia

Rufus May - psychologist
http://www.rufusmay.com/

Ronald Bassman - psychologist
http://ronaldbassman.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoTd8zaC_Ms

Pat Deegan - psychologist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVlhfuKDjYE&feature=related

Daniel Fisher -psychiatrist
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/496394

Cathy Penney - was a psychiatric nurse
http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-schizophrenia-psychotherapy-cathy-penney

Joanne Greenberg - author
One of her books - I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a fictional account of her battle with schizophrenia
http://www.mountaintopauthor.com/pages/about.html

Ron Coleman
http://www.roncolemanvoices.co.uk/
more inspiring stories of recovery ...

Jacqui Dillon: Chair of England Hearing Voices Network
http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-hearing-voices-movement-jacqui-dillon

Peter Bullimore
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8232555.stm

Eleanor Longden
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/p...y-from-hopeless-case-to-graduate-1808991.html

Also see:

Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens, Mervyn Morris

A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers. For book details go here
 
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Hi v01ce5

(y)Thanks for posting all this. When Meshuggah first posted those people who'd recovered diagnosed with schizophrenia in a previous thread there was a bit of a debate about there being too many people on the list who worked in mental health (and why).

I was wondering about more famous people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia who recovered who didn't work in mental health... I thought of mathematician John Nash (subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind), also Brian Wilson (Beach Boys). Anyone suggest more - and what about what they did, what helped?

Of course lots of famous people (and not famous people) have heard or hear voices. A few in history? - Plato, Joan of Arc, most of the Old Testament prophets, Jesus, most great religious figures, probably; and all of the ancient world before about the time of the Illiad, according to Julian Jaynes's theory in his book 'The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind'(!) These people didn't have to 'recover' cos their were no psychiatrists to tell them they were 'ill', had 'schizophrenia', or somesuch, in the first place.

More famous people who hear/heard voices?

(I don't hear voices myself, by the way, but know plenty of people who do and have helped facilitate a hearing voices group in the past)...
 
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Here are a few, who heard voices anyway, not diagnosed as sz as far as I know, except for Aiden ...

Anthony Hopkins In 1993, in an interview in the News of the World, the Hollywood actor Anthony Hopkins claimed he heard strange voices in his head, "I've always had a little voice in my head, particularly when I was younger and less assured", he said. "While onstage, during classical theatre the voice would suddenly say, "Oh, you think you can do Shakespeare, do you?" and he added; "Recently, I was being interviewed on television and the voice inside my head said to me, "Who the hell do you think you are. You're just an actor, what the hell do you know about anything". Anthony Hopkins locates the root of his voice hearing experience in the insecurity he felt as a child, he says "I've always had a little voice in my head pulling me down, particularly when I was younger and less grounded...My school days were not always happy and I wanted to get away from Wales and be someone else. I was stupid at school, I just didn't know what was going on. I thought I was on Mars, I didn't know what they were talking about."

Mahatma Gandhi, the man who almost single handedly achieved Indian independence from Britain, relied on an “inner voice” for guidance. Toward the end of his life the voice said, “You are on the right track, move neither to your left, nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow.”


JOHN FRUSCIANTE from the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “I had just so many mental problems. It wasn't until I was 28 that my brain actually felt like a spacious place. When I was 18, 19, 22, my brain was just clogged all the time - non-stop voices. I couldn't figure out what was going on. There was a lot of confusion inside me, this flood of voices, often contradicting each other, often telling me stuff that would happen in the future, and then it would happen, voices insulting me, telling me what to do.”

AIDEN SHINGLER Aiden is an artist and is also diagnosed as a schizophrenic. He calls himself a schizophrenic artist, one of his pieces of work made up of four crucifixes stamped in indelible ink with his hand and foot prints and on one crucifix, the nails have been replaced with syringes. Aiden says of the work that it "... is about the time I was forcibly injected with neuroleptic drugs. I'd heard a voice within saying I had been chosen and I could feel a halo around my head. This image is representative of the crucifixion of the Christ within me by the clinicians. Instead of the halo there is now a wreath of white flowers." Spingler was hospitalised twenty years ago the first time he experienced visions and voices until his family insisted on his release and since that time he has had eight sustained periods of altered consciousness, lasting from one to six months. He does not regard them as frightening, rather he says of them "there's a wonderful sense of freedom, a great expansion of mind, clarity of thought. Colour becomes so heightened. All the senses do...". He does not regard schizophrenia if it has to be called that as an illness, instead he sees it as a condition, a more colourful way of seeing things. When his doctors told him he was disconnected he told them they should be so lucky, that he was making new, wonderful, poetic connections. Aiden now experiences his episodes of altered consciousness as gentler and less exhausting. Yet for him these epiphanies, the visions and voices are just as inspiring.
 
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Thanks for reminding me of Aidan Shingler

Exposing Psychiatry - Only Smarties have the answer part 1

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