It is time to stop describing curable as incurable – Suzanne Beachy’s words as relevant as ever

Three years ago I published ‘People with Hope Recover After a Bipolar Diagnosis‘ on I mentioned Suzanne Beachy and put a link to her TED Talk video – What’s Next For The Truth.

I am saddened because, even in 2015, the mental illness system continues to take hope away, as emotional distress continues to be labelled and described as incurable.

A reader of rethinkingbipolar recently suggested I take a fresh look at my People with Hope… article and this led to Suzanne Beachy contacting me and me reading Tale of Two Cousins on

Now, even if you watched What’s Next For The Truth three years ago, you may, like me, find it worth watching all 20 minutes of it again.

Throughout my life I have rarely ‘lost’ hope, but I have had it temporarily taken away by people who I believed to be experts. I have been fortunate in that hope has always quickly returned to me and I have always recovered well. Tragedies happen when more vulnerable people have their hope taken away. It really is time for psychiatry to make some big changes and focus on finding out why people are struggling and help with understanding, reducing and perhaps eliminating some of the causes of their/our distress.

People with hope recover after a bipolar diagnosis plus Suzanne Beachy – What’s Next For The Truth

This I found out a long time ago:

People with hope recover after a bipolar diagnosis.

People who keep on having their hope taken away do not recover.

In 2010, Suzanne Beachy got up on stage to say about being the mother of a young man who was told he would never recover. The doctors who told him that he would never recover were right. It is very difficult to recover when your doctors are the ones taking your hope away. The young man died and the mother investigated. In sharing the truth she ends with these words,

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

The facts she presents are about recovery from having psychotic episodes and after schizophrenia diagnosis.  This information is all widely known among those working to help people recover. What perhaps is less well-known is the same is true for the bipolar diagnosis. It is not something special about schizophrenia. All these emotional difficulties can be overcome when there is appropriate support from family and professionals. Firstly, family members need to take time to learn about emotional distress and realise that all the ‘symptoms’ are simply indications of the distress and are not coming from an illness.

Here is the video. Settle down as it worth watching the full 20 minutes and remembering that what happened to the woman’s son is happening all over the ‘developed world’ right now… over and over again.

Suzanne Beachy – What’s Next For The Truth

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