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A Schizophrenia Breakthrough: Progressing toward Freeing our Minds from Our Minds

Advance Publication Copy: College Edition, with "Issues for Critical Thinking and Research"

Al Siebert, PhD
$20.00 (paper), 256 pages

ISBN: 0-944227-03-3
© Al Siebert, PhD

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A Schizophrenia Breakthrough is a riveting personal account of how Al Siebert, after receiving his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, went through a life-transforming "peak" experience. During this time, while he was working as a staff psychologist at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the Unversity of Michigan Hospital, he interviewed a young woman diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic in a way that led to her immediate recovery.

Siebert was awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship by the Menninger Institute. When he moved to Topeka to start his fellowship, he told his supervisors about his extraordinary breakthrough. The Menninger psychiatrists immediately declared him severely mentally ill, canceled his fellowship, and had him locked up in the back ward of a V.A. psychiatric hospital diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. A month later he "eloped" from the V.A. hospital and returned to his home in Oregon to begin a very successful 35 year career as a teacher, author, and community leader.

His fascinating story includes many questions about why psychiatrists cannot tell the difference between a transforming breakthrough and an emotional breakdown, and shows how a person diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic may be much different than what psychiatrists tell the public. In the decades ahead, this fascinating story and the questions it raises will play a key role in the transformation of the human race to its next level of development.

A Schizophrenia Breakthrough is written to be an informative and thought-provoking resource for students in the mental health professions. It is endorsed by Dr. Peter Breggin. The foreword is written by Dr. William Glasser, author of Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health. Prepublication copies can be purchased at a discount:

Foreword by William Glasser, MD


"It requires enormous courage for a former 'mental patient' to take a public stand against the demoralizing effects of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Al Siebert not only defended and expressed his own identity, he has become an effective champion for the rights of those who have been harmed by psychiatric authoritarianism. He is an inspiration!"
-- Peter Breggin, MD, author of Your Drugs May be Your Problem and Talking Back to Prozac

"This is an impressive memoir by a survivor of psychiatric mistreatment. It shows, once again, that if you know the details of a case, current conceptions of mental illness and treatment are a poor fit. The author's treatment in one case of 'schizophrenia,' the patient, called Molly, is especially suggestive and heartening."
--Prof. Thomas J. Scheff, PhD author of Labelling Madness and Being Mentally Ill

"Dr. Al Siebert's book adds to the growing, compelling body of first-person accounts of subjection to the arbitrary powers of psychiatry. yet, his is also a story of liberation, of breaking free from the mold, of overcoming stigmatization. Siebert's candor about his own circumstances, his eye for detail, and his insight into the deluded thinking of his 'helpers' make for fascinating reading."
--David Cohen, PhD Professor of Social Work, University of Montreal
co-author, Your Drug May Be Your Problem

"Transformation and resiliency -- we all need more of both. Al Siebert got his the hard way, by shaking off a cook-book psychiatric diagnosis and growing past it. His book takes you on a heroic journey that might help you with yours. I found it fascinating and inspiring to read.
--Tom Greening, PhD Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology

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