I know the prevailing view among psychiatrists is that schizophrenia is a lifelong illness which requires lifelong medication. I disagree with that view, though. I believe that people can heal and recover completely without the use of medication. In fact, medication can shrink your brain, and cause a chemical imbalance. I’ve read a lot by Peter Breggin and Robert Whitaker, who argue against medication. I’ve also read about people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia who have later recovered without the use of medication. This gives me hope that one day I can be medication free, and recover completely. Paris Williams book “Rethinking Madness” is a good one. Though I don’t totally understand the theory that is presented in the book, it argues against a biological reasoning for psychosis.
So what do you think? Will you have to be on medication for the rest of your life, or will you one day heal?