Improving American Mental Health Care with Brazilian Techniques

Dr. Emma Bragdon thinks there is something wrong with the American approach to mental illness. And she thinks Brazil is the place to look for a solution. Her research and arguments for comprehensive mental healthcare reform have been published as Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses.

Bragdon first became interested in alternative approaches to mental disease and recovery more than a decade ago. She heard incredible stories of people who had been brought low by mental illness, but who experienced full recovery. These stories inspired her to find out what Brazil was doing differently on an institutional level to provide resources to those in need.

For most of the past decade, Bragdon has lived in Brazil, studying alongside some of the foremost healers of mind, body, and spirit in the world. Her ultimate suggestions recommend a conservative approach to pharmaceutical intervention and a more institutionally integrated model of care.

Perhaps the greatest value of the book is not only its vision of healthcare reform, but also the resources it lists for those who wish to benefit from the Brazilian model but don't wish to wait for sweeping reforms. In essence, Bragdon offers the best of both worlds. She argues for a cultural reassessment of what it means to be mentally ill, but also gives readers the resources to take control of their own healthcare.

Source: PR NewsChannel

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