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date: 16 June 2019

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In this article, the author reflects on his experience as a psychiatric patient, from the time he was admitted into the hospital in 1979 to his final discharge two years later. He reveals what he felt upon being told that he was diagnosed with a ‘schizophrenic episode;’ how talking about his problems and experiences with doctors, social workers, vicars, and chaplains helped in his recovery; and how the change from chlorpromazine to haloperidol as medication for his Tourette’s Syndrome after he left the hostel exerted a transformational effect on him. The author also talks about the research he conducted for a second PhD on delusions and on creativity and psychosis. Finally, he shares his thoughts about the medical model of psychiatry and its language and concludes that the psychiatric treatment he received was fair and just.

Keywords: schizophrenic episode, doctors, social workers, vicars, chaplains, Tourette’s Syndrome, delusions, psychosis, psychiatry, psychiatric treatment

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