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Full and complete recovery -- meaning re-integration into society without dependence on the mental health system, is an achievable goal for every known problem labeled as a "psychiatric disorder."

Article Overcoming the Impossible: My Journey Through Schizophrenia
Psychiatric survivor, psychologist and author Ron Bassman wrote this breakthrough article that was published in the popular magazine, Psychology Today. He describes how despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia and years of lock-ups and abuse and electroshock and insulin coma therapy and psychiatric drugs.... he survived, recovered, became a psychologist. Ron is an advocate for change in the mental health system, and author of the book, "Fight to Be."
Article It's a beautiful mind: Schizophrenic experience leads man to medicine
Oregon's largest newspaper describes a visit by psychiatric survivor/psychiatrist Dan Fisher to eastern Oregon to provide training about 'recovery' following a psychiatric diagnosis.
Link USA National Empowerment Center
A good place to start exploring the concept of "recovery" following a diagnosis with psychiatric label is the federally-funded technical assistance office of National Empowerment Center directed by psychiatrist and psychiatric survivor Dan Fisher.
Folder Pamphlet on recovery
Steve Morgan of Vermont created a basic flyer that can be given out about recovery. One version is for reading, the other for printing (there are different layout requirements for both).
Link Web site based in Vermont about alternatives for recovery
"Simple and useful" information about recovery and alternatives for mental health consumers, psychiatric survivors and mental health workers. While the web site is based in Vermont, it has resources that would be of interest to people all over.
Article Finding Purpose After Living With Delusion
This front page NY Times article is about Mr. Milt Greek, a man diagnosed with schizophrenia who has explored his own beliefs and similar experiences and those of others. This is the latest in a series of articles by NYT journalist Benedict Cary that have been giving voice to mental health consumers/psychiatric survivors and questioning the mainstream medical model of what is called "schizophrenia."
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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: and
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