Thinking About Mental Illness is Depressing


Australian research confirms that dwelling upon mental illness and its social consequences contributes to depressive symptoms in people with schizophrenia diagnoses.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


    • Very well said. But of course they still tell us that we are ill and will be for life. They tell us that we cannot do anything and will require this medication for life. Then they wonder, WHY we become depressed?? At least they have given some logical answers to questions. But I’m sure the solution is simply handing everyone diagnosed with schizophrenia, antidepressents, that is the standard treatment in Australia. I notice that they don’t go into that, just say that this may explain why in some cases!!!

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