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  • January 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, Mike.

    I’ve read a number of your posts, both here at PsychCentral and over at the Schizophrenia blog. I gather that you’ve found stability, through finding an appropriate medication regimen as well as through your professional work in writing. Without suffering from schizophrenia, one can relate to many of the experiences you describe (e.g. getting away from social media to reduce stress), so imagining those stresses amplified and involving aspects of paranoia, etc. allows a vivid understanding of your experiences with schizophrenia. I’m wondering if you have an opinion on creative arts therapies as a means for managing schizophrenia, and whether you’ve involved any such practice in your own life (e.g. creative writing) as a way of reaching a better understanding of your mental health or even normalizing it. As I’m sure you’ve encountered, there was an earlier post here on PsychCentral ( discussing the results of a clinical trial applying an art therapy to subjects with schizophrenia. While those results weren’t supportive of direct benefit of the intervention, there have been positive results in the literature in the form of case reports, and one wonders whether the inconclusiveness of clinical trials to date have been a result of the inability of the trial outcomes to capture the benefits to those with schizophrenia, or maybe differential benefit obtained from patient-centric art therapy vs group therapy (as is used in the trials), or an actual insufficiency of art therapy as an intervention for this condition.

    In any case, thanks for sharing your writings. They’re definitely informative.


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