The Way I See It

In January I start my 10th year employed at HealthCentral.

In all this time I’ve sought to convey that there is hope and you can heal from schizophrenia bipolar or another mental illness.

Upwards of 85 percent of the individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia reach the stabilization, stable, and recovery phases of this illness. Fifteen percent have a refractory or treatment-resistant version.

In June at HealthCentral I will write about schizophrenia and anxiety as the topic for the month. This month I wrote about hearing voices.

I will not join in the hate in the world. I will not advocate for risky “treatments” like discontinuing your medication if you have schizophrenia or bipolar. Sometimes you can’t make it on your own. Trying to cope using your own coping skills and then failing isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign you need treatment that might include medication.

I’m an eternal optimist.

I’ve always believed people can recover from schizophrenia bipolar and other mental illnesses.

In the coming Fllourish blog entries I will talk about strategies that have helped me recover.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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