Treatment for Mental Illness: Finding Balance

While we are talking about mental health, I have just read an amazing story of Duane Sherry’s intervention to help his son recover from a frightening psychotic disorder that he reports was caused by psychiatric medication. The story appears in an article on, about overuse of psychiatric medicines for children. Mr. Sherry replaced the drugs with alternative methods and now, two years later, his son is free of all symptoms and medication. In an e-mail, Mr. Sherry commented to me that “I simply believe in the body’s own ability to heal, and that in the case of ‘mental illness’ there may be something that is out of balance in the body and not functioning correctly. This might be the thyroid, a candida or yeast infection, food absorption difficulties, lyme disease, sensitivities or allergies to various foodsor chemicals.. Whatever it is, it may be getting in the way of healthy mental function. In addition, of course there is abuse and neglect and trauma which may need to be taken into account in the treatment of mental illness. But, any sane person can see that locking people up against their will, and/or forcing them to take large amounts of mind-altering drugs is not the solution. If we had done this with my son, I believe we would have lost him.”

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One response to “Treatment for Mental Illness: Finding Balance

  1. duanesherry

    I would recommend the book –

    ‘Your Drug May Be Your Problem – How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications’

    by Peter Breggin, MD and David Cohen, PhD

    This book discusses a safe protocol for psychiatric drug withdrawal – outlines specifically how to do so safely – and very slowly – through a taper.

    Too many physicians do not realize the need for gradual and safe withdrawal, and this book will provide the tools needed to work with a physician in being successful.

    Thank you for posting this article on our son.

    My best,
    Duane Sherry, M.S., CRC


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