The authors are a psychiatrist and a psychologist at the Greater Bridgeport (Conn.) Community Mental Health Center, which has a sizable clozapine treatment program. As their clozapine program developed, they noted a group of significantly recovered patients who were much less able to take advantage of further rehabilitation than would be expected based on the extent of their symptom resolution. Many were having difficulties managing intense feelings, painful memories, and identity crises. From late adolescence, the time when their schizophrenic symptoms began taking control, they developed a sense of identity as a mentally ill person. The patterns of behavior they had formed to cope with mental illness now inhibited their potential. Despite their renewed social and vocational abilities, they were confronted with their previously discarded hopes and aspirations and the fact that they could not recover lost time. The authors developed a relationship-based psychotherapy group designed to assist these patients "to mourn their lost years and help them reconcile to an identity that did not exclude their experience as a mental patient."