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Can a Psychotic Break be the Doorway to Personal Growth and Transformation?

In his new book, Rethinking Madness, Saybrook Psychology Alumnus Dr. Paris Williams points out that recent domestic and international research suggests that full, medication-free recovery from schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders may actually be the most likely outcome, given the right conditions.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University in May of 2011. His dissertation, A Multiple Case Study Exploring Personal Paradigm Shifts Throughout The Psychotic Process From Onset To Full Recovery, was chaired by Dr. Doris Bersing. In his research, and in Rethinking Madness, Dr. Williams suggests that “many individuals who recover do not simply return to their pre-psychotic condition, but actually undergo a profound positive transformation resulting in a sense of wellbeing and ability to meet their needs that far exceeds that which existed prior to their psychosis.”

In Rethinking Madness, Dr. Williams elucidates an altogether new vision of madness that integrates Eastern and Western understandings of the mind in order to make sense of his research findings that revealed full and lasting recoveries from schizophrenia and other closely related psychotic disorders by his research subjects.

Rethinking Madness is currently available at,, and other online retailers, and will be available at bookstores and libraries everywhere over the next few months.

Click Here for more about Rethinking Madness.


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I was happy to see that this work is still going on. I was on the Staff of Diabisis in San Francico back in 1979 which was founded by Dr. John Perry (The Far Side of Madness) and Dr. Howard Levine. Where worked with folks going through a first schizophrenic break without any meds. It was a wonderful opportunity to apply milieu therapy for folks going through an acute psychotic break and see them come out the other side.

Dr. Williams if you are interested in discussing this with me further let me know. I to am a Saybrook graduate (1991).

Posted by Marc Berke, PhD, LMFT (not verified) | 05/03/2012 @ 03:05 PM