From Steven Goldsmith, MD: In order for any treatment to help mentally ill people become truly well, it must address symptoms as potential strengths, as experiences to be respected and utilized. Open Dialogue and basal exposure therapy exemplify such approaches. Other such treatments in my clinical experience are forms of systemic and strategic family therapy, e.g. the Milan school approach, and homeopathic medicine. Long-term psychopharmaceutical treatment does the opposite, viewing symptoms as adversaries to be obliterated with chemicals and depriving patients of the opportunity to discover their disguised strengths.