|Damon Winter/The New York Times|
The New York Times talked to Dr. Marsh Linehan and I must give Kudos to Marsha Linehan! Her story offers real hope, based on her life experiences. Those experiences include psychiatric hospitalization and a psychiatric diagnosis, learning to accept and love herself; becoming a psychotherapist with a doctorate in psychology who has developed an effective Evidence-Based treatment, "Dialectical Behavioral Therapy" used initially for Borderline Personality Disorder, that is now being used for other diagnoses as well.
A couple of excerpts:
"She relied on therapists herself, off and on over the years, for support and guidance (she does not remember taking medication after leaving the institute)."
“I was in hell,” she said. “And I made a vow: when I get out, I’m going to come back and get others out of here.”
The first excerpt is common among people who recover from psychiatric diagnoses. Recovery can and does happen; and many people do not need drugs to recover. In the second excerpt, Dr.Linehan shares she wanted to help others, which she acknowledges, is how she ultimately helped herself. Simply beautiful.
thanks for sharing the link to the article Rossa!