From a systemic point of view, parental changes in behavior are far more effective and efficient than any therapeutic attempts at controlling the symptoms of the schizophrenic family member.
The concept of subjective experience is absolutely critical for understanding psychiatric illnesses. We need a biographical theory in order to develop a personalized scientific account of mental illness.
Biographies of individuals have a critical and decisive consequence for their mental illness. Although those subjective experiences are not reducible to quantitative measurement, yet we can study patterns of human behavior, tracing them through generations of family history.
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The hidden mission of schizophrenia, which is to reveal the dysfunction of the family system as well as the impaired parental relationship, is closely examined in this book. Understanding schizophrenia from this broader, interrelated perspective means dealing with the disease in a way that no longer perceives it as a hopeless, incurable diagnosis, but rather as a manifestation of intergenerational entanglements encrypted in family systems. This unorthodox perception of the much-feared illness offers a better understanding within the family system and a new way of regarding those “crazy individuals”. Using individual real-life clinical examples instead of analyzing statistically collected impersonal data with a theoretical search key – a method which neglects all biographical socio-interactive factors – it can be demonstrated how family systems research allows us to decode the development of this long-term illness and makes it easier to grasp its complexity. The frequent question as to whether schizophrenia is ever curable must be answered affirmatively; it is indeed curable if the persons concerned have trust in family systems therapy, and the parents are willing to learn.
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