By Daniel Fisher, MD, PhD
I hope for a day when:
Every person who experiences extreme emotional states is engaged in respectful, hopeful, humanistic, and empowering relationships that enable them to heal and recover full, meaningful lives in the community.
Instead of being seen as threats to society, we will be seen as a source of wisdom that we have obtained through our recovery.
Practices like Open Dialogue will eliminate the long-term iatrogenic effects of a prophesy of doom and lifelong illness.
Suffering will be seen as an understandable human response to trauma rather than a chemical imbalance or a defective fear circuit.
Voluntary, community-based, recovery-oriented, culturally attuned, traumainformed services and housing will replace psychiatric hospitals.
The mental health system will be run by persons with lived experience of recovery from extreme emotional states.
Everyone will learn how to assist each other through extreme emotional states by learning communication skills such as Emotional CPR.