November 16, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie Ahern
Washington, D.C., US
International group gathers to promote non-medical approaches
to treating people diagnosed with mental illness
MASSACHUSETTS, US- An international summit of world renowned psychiatrists,
people who have experienced psychiatric treatment, family members,
psychologists, and other mental health professionals, gathered last
week in the United States to counter the belief that people with diagnoses
such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can never completely recover.
Practitioners from the International Network of Treatment Alternatives
for Recovery (INTAR), came from Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland,
England, Austria and the United States to share data and research,
which they say proves that a non-medical approach to extreme mental
or emotional states helps people recover, contrary to conventional
"When you look at a person's life experiences and history - rather
than looking at these problems as a disease - people get better,"
stated Bertram P. Karon, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Michigan
State University and author of the book, Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia:
The Treatment of Choice, who attended the summit.
"It is our experience that even people diagnosed with the most severe mental
illness can lead independent and self-directed lives without lifelong
According to INTAR members, a diagnosis of mental illness need not
be permanent. The group also expressed concern over the damage caused
by traditional psychiatric treatments.
"We know what hurts and we know what helps people. It is our goal
to let everyone else know as well," concluded Karon.
INTAR Summit Participants
| Laurie Ahern
Anne Marie DiGiacomo
Gail A. Hornstein
Bertam P. Karon
James J. Rye
|INTAR Committee member unable to attend: Celia Brown