Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Inside Schizophrenia

This NYTimes article about a man living with schizophrenia is good reading. It shows the reality that chronic and persistent mental illness is just that--chronic and persistent. It is something that one lives with, managing day by day, for the rest of one's life. Here's a quote:

In recent years, researchers have begun talking aboutmental health care in the same way addiction specialists speak of recovery — the lifelong journey of self-treatment and discipline that guides substance abuse programs. The idea remains controversial: managing a severe mental illness is more complicated than simply avoiding certain behaviors. The journey has more mazes, fewer road signs.

Yet people like Joe Holt are traveling it and succeeding. Most rely on some medical help, but each has had to build core skills from the ground up, through trial and repeated error. 


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