14 May 2018

Screening of ‘Take these Broken Wings’ at the Gregson Centre. 

Take These Broken Wings  is a feature-length documentary film by  director and former psychotherapist Daniel Mackler which shows that people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication.  According to most of the mental health field, and of course the pharmaceutical industry, that is not possible.

The film is available online HERE.

(Incidentally, it was one of the earliest films that we showed when CCrAMHP first began to meet – in April 2011).

It is worth scrolling down, to read Daniel Mackler’s responses to viewers, in the comments section.   There he lists some of the research that is cited in the film.

Seikkula, Altonen, Alakare et. al. (2006). “Five-year experience
of first-episode nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue
approach: Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two
case studies.” Psychotherapy Research, 16(2): 214-228.

(world health organization studies, cited in “take these broken wings”:) Jablensky, A. (1992). Psychological Medicine. Supplement 20, pages 1-95.

Whitaker, R. (2004). “The case against antipsychotic drugs:
A 50-year record of doing more harm than good.” Medical
Hypotheses. 62: 5-13.

Harding, C. (1987). “The Vermont longitudinal study of
persons with severe mental illness.” American Journal of
Psychiatry 144: 727-734. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

Harrow, M. and Jobe, T. (2007). “Factors involved in outcome
& recovery in schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotic
medications: a 15-year multifollow-up study.” The
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 195(5): 406-14. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., & Aaltonen, J. (2000). “A 2-year follow-
up on open dialogue treatment in first-episode psychosis:
Need for hospitalization and neuroleptic medication
decreases.” Social and Clinical Psychiatry. 10(2): 20-29.

Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., Aaltonen, J., Haarakangas, K., Keränen,
J. & Lehtinen, K. (2006). “5 year experience of first-episode
nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue approach:
Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two case
studies.” Psychotherapy Research. 16(2): 214-228.

Mention was also made during the meeting of the Open Dialogue Approach.  See HERE for further details.