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Personal Accounts: United I Stand: How Improved Perception Transformed My Mental Health
Aaron Needle
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.650201
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Mr. Needle currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts (e-mail: aaron.needle@gmail.com). Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H., is editor of this column.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association


On a snowy day in December 2001, I miraculously and quite unintentionally cured myself of schizophrenia. Some may see that word “miraculously” and jump to the conclusion that I had a delusional religious experience. I’ve selected that word because there is no known cure for schizophrenia, and if “cure” means the permanent elimination of symptoms and that’s what I experienced, then doesn’t “miraculously” apply? My experience was like the scene in Forrest Gump when the young Forrest flees from a truck full of bullies. His metal leg braces mysteriously disintegrate, and he miraculously runs away. But, that, of course, could only happen in a movie.

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