ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    
    STEPHEN C. SOUTHON

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Suffering schizophrenia for thirty years, I sojourned from the depths of madness to the sobriety of recovery. Plagued with hallucinatory voices, hyperbolic mania, irrational phobia, and inexplicable ideas of magical influence, I entered psychiatric institutions on numerous occasions. I traversed the New Zealand public health system – hospitals, outpatient clinics, hospice services. I spent six months in a forensic hospital. Despite these trials, I have never received a conviction for contravention of the law.

     Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Waikato, I have since participated in the consumer advocacy movement of former ‘clients’ of mental health services. In particular, I was a supporter in the 1990s of the The Schizophrenia Fellowship NZ (now known as Supporting Families); The Aotearoa Network of Psychiatric Survivors; and Psychiatric Survivors Auckland Inc.. New Zealand, with Great Britain, the USA and The Netherlands is a leader of mental health consumer advocacy.


     What is schizophrenia? How is it caused? How is it treated? What is the prognosis?  Psychiatrists describe a complex matrix of symptoms in an attempt to categorize the malady. But I have been told time and time again that medical science cannot account for any root cause for schizophrenia. What’s more: there is no cure. Doctors have attempted to control the symptoms – which range from hallucinations, to phobia, to mania, to delusions – all extreme – and frequently with limited success.

       Survivng Schizophrenia is not written with a belligerent intent. It is not a scathing criticism of mental health services in New Zealand. It is intended to be a contribution to understanding for all interested parties – sufferers of the illness, their families, friends and communities; mental health professionals - doctors, nurses, social workers; religious clerics and cultural leaders. I have encountered many thousands of participants in psychiatric communities and I believe I am in a good position to make comment.

      I live in Herne Bay, Auckland. I am a member of l’Alliance Française d’Auckland Inc., and am enrolled in Conversational Maori at Auckland University of Technology. When taking a break from the PC with my colleague and biggest fan, my friend Paul Hickman, we play tournament Scrabble on the internet, and we visit You Tube to watch music videos, in between coffee, biscuits, ice cream and beers. 


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