Kelly Brogan, MD – Holistic Psychiatry
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You may believe that there are some “mental illnesses” that really require medication. Top of that list is likely to be chronic paranoid Schizophrenia, I would imagine.
The story you are about to hear defies this assumption. Raya is a fierce mother who has devoted her life to her son’s chronic and debilitating diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Now 20, he has spent much of his adult life on locked inpatient units, forcibly restrained, suicidal, actively psychotic, and even non-verbal. A picture of the failures of antipsychotic medication, both Raya and her son were considering assisted suicide because they didn’t know there was another way.
What unfolded in the space of 5 weeks since completing the diet and detox elements of Vital Mind Reset is the most inspirational case I have ever come across in my career.
They are both on their way to reclaiming their health, vitality, and freedom from a system of abuse.
Yes, anyone can heal. With the right information, motivation, and readiness, anyone can heal, reverse diagnoses, and come off of medications safely.
This is what Raya had to say to another mom in the group:
And an update!
Hi Jane, my son, also 20, has been on a HUGE journey with VMR. We finished in March, and it was my last ditch attempt before we looked at assisted suicide in Switzerland. I begged the doctors to give me a month before they upped his antidepressants again. He was misdiagnosed and was also on 3 heavy antipsychotics, epilepsy meds (epilepsy from the antipsychotics), Clonazepam (Klonopin) Propranolol and another "extra" medication.
He was too scared by his command hallucinations, voices, and all other sensory hallucinations to leave his room (voices were screaming at him to kill me and torture neighbors, etc.). He couldn't speak because of the sedation and the disorganized thought. It's been a month today, when he first started coming out in the car. We've been on a mini break to a forest, he is studying to et his license, he's off all extra meds including Klonopin.
He's speeding through his tapering, (it's me putting the brakes on) he's given up smoking, and is going to the gym tomorrow. What I'm trying to say, that if my son can make such huge inroads, anything is possible!!! Our brains have enormous plasticity and resilience (especially when they are so young). As Brenda said to me when I joined, what an amazing gift you are giving to your son! Word of warning, I'm assuming you are going to do it with him? I did this ALL for him, but it has totally transformed me and actually become about me too! I'm finding myself again, and I can't begin to tell you how nice it is. I had lost myself for many, many years! And also my son now doesn't stop talking. Always out, gassing to the neighbors, bursting with life and vitality. Good luck, and we are all here to support you. Xx
Here's my boy, in from his first day volunteering. Less than 3 months ago, he was trapped in his betroom from fear (hallucinations, command hallucinations to kill me and the dog, over 30kg heavier, and suicidal. Neither of us had any hope. I put him on the rest 100% on March 1st. He did his first day (9:30 to 4pm) at the recycling centre. Electrical testing, upholstery, painting furniture, etc. Tomorrow he does 3 hours at "Greenshoots" — garden in the forest. He's off 4 meds and still got quite a few to go, but has FINALLY stopped vomiting daily (over 2 months). I'm so super proud and endlessly thankful to KB, and to Shauna for helping me source the supplies and answering my endless questions. I'm so happy I could burst. 💚💜💙❤️
Read the full case studyThis is a case of dramatic clinical remission after completion of the Vital Mind Reset (VMR) program following years of debilitating treatment-resistant schizophrenia. The VMR program is an online lifestyle intervention program that includes dietary modifications, meditations, and detoxification protocols. After only 19 days following this program, the patient began to experience improved quality of life that was unattainable with standard medication alone. This improvement included successfully leaving his house to enjoy time outdoors, which he had only attempted once in that prior year. Since beginning the program in 2017, the patient has not required psychiatric hospitalization and no longer experiences visual hallucinations, olfactory hallucinations, or paranoia. He now maintains a regular sleep schedule and is able to partake in meaningful community involvement.
Interested in a comprehensive, drug-free approach to healing anxiety, depression or chronic stress?The Vital Mind Reset program walks you through my 44-day healing protocol, which combines diet, detox, and meditation practices for long-term resolution of chronic symptoms. The tools implemented also help to establish a readiness for psychiatric medication tapers. Click below to learn more.
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