Thursday, August 16, 2007

Frieda Fromm-Reichmann worked as a psychiatrist with the schizophrenic Joanne Greenberg. Greenberg got totally better and wrote a book, later, about the healing called "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," first published under a pen name, Hannah Green because mental health professionals, most of them, knew with religious faith that schizophrenics didn't get better. Especially they didn't get better through talk therapy.

When the book, fiction, came out, many mental health professionals said it couldn't be based on something true.

Many regular human beings and people who were or had been mental health patients really wanted it to be true, and basically it was. The general thrust--healing--and many of the details.

Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's first job was dealing with men in a Prussian military hospital who had been damaged in the brains by guns and artillery in World War I.

A lot of shrinks came to treating schizophrenics from treating "the worried well." Fromm-Reichmann had treated such folks at a fancy spa, but coming to schizophrenics from dealing with the brain-damaged she was quite hopeful because all the brain cells were there.

She had dealt with folks who had intense symptoms and limits because big bits of there brains were gone. She looked at a schizophrenic and saw wholeness that needed to be released.

--information from the biography of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann "To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World."