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An eleven page chapter from my upcoming book Psychiatric Tales, which will be out from Blank Slate in early 2010. Feel free to point out any errors or make any other comments.

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Expert by experience

Hi Tallguy, this is a great beginning but there are some issues as well. Especially when I read this as someone who has experienced some 'altered realities' (some may call it psychosis)but who has also worked in mental health (mental health service inpatient, out-patient, community and now- workforce development)for 10 years. Whats great about this is the stuff on violence, media, the pictures (what a talent you have!)and some of the info.
Whats not so good is it's very medical model only. Its mainly about deficit and negative symptomology. Where is the recovery and strengths based stuff? Schizophrenia is only a way of describing a set of symptoms (hardly anyone has them all), its also a continuum that you can move up and down on. Its not static.
We dont like being called 'sufferers', the suffering part is only one part of our lives and for some not any. We can be some of the things you say here but not all of them or all the time and not all of us. It is not inevitable that without meds we will become catatonic or insane. Those two things are very very rare.
LOADS of people are untreated because their symptoms are not distressing (you would be surprised how many voice hearers you actually already know). For some people medication doesnt help or makes things worse. The side effects are horrible, its a constant compromise.
Mostly we have average lives with some sticky bits (doesnt everyone?), we are so much more than an illness. We add value to our friends, workplaces, families and communities.
The thing that makes the largest impact on our recovery is not medication or therapy but actually connection to other people. In other words hope and 'love'. If we are loved or cared about by someone/people and feel valued we make much better recoveries. 'Othering' us only makes that harder. We are you, you are us.
Hope this doesnt feel like a telling off. I do appreciate what you are trying to do here and there is some very good stuff but you may want to get a service user leader or group to look at it and fix some of the language and concepts perhaps.
Best wishes for this great project

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