Patti Duke

I read Patti Duke’s memoir A Brilliant Madness when it first came out.

This actress has bipolar and is eloquent in telling others that getting treatment enhanced her talent.

My message of hope and healing is that early intervention can help, and medications do work for many. It’s the illness not the medication that kidnaps your personality.

No one-size-fits-all treatment should exist. My next blog entry will be about the perils of one-size-fits-all-treatment.

The schizophrenia drugs can reduce and often stop symptoms completely so that you no longer have them or they are minimally disruptive in your everyday life.

I champion getting the right treatment right away as soon as you experience mental or emotional distress so that the hell can end quickly.

That treatment might involve medication or it might not.

Take heart. If you need medication, it can make the difference between having an easier time of it and living in hell for longer than you should.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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