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Study on Five-Year Outcomes from Open Dialogue Approach in Finland for "Schizophrenia."

Thisis a pdf study showing good results from the famous "Open Dialogue" mental health system in rural Finalnd, in which help for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other "psychoses," received help that tended to minimize psychiatric drugs. Journalist Robert Whitaker visited the Open Dialogue community and describes the experience in his book, "Anatomy of an Edidemic." The title of this study is, "Five-year experience of first-episode nonaffective psychosis in open-dialogue approach: Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two case studies." Numbers about prescriptions of neuroleptics (also known as antipsychotics) can be found on page 222. The authors are Jaako Seikkula of University of Jyvaskyla, and others, published in Psychotherapy Research, March 2006; 16(2): 214 228.

open-dialogue-finland-outcomes.pdf — PDF document, 180Kb

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