Son Mental Illness

Schizophrenia and Mental Illness

Women: A mother writes of natural healing, mental illness, and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia and the story of a son, including recommendations of books for further reading.

Family Site Since 1997

Women and Issues of a Woman

My Son and Mental Illness: A Mother’s Story The Women’s Web

By Ariana

Women: A mother’s story of schizophrenia and mental illness, plus her recommendations of books to read for more information.


More information about women and issues of a woman:

Buy this book 
Review book

Buy this book
Review book

Buy this book 
Buy audio

0804110387_01_MZZZZZZZ.gif (6436 bytes)
Buy this book Buy audio




My name is Ariana (not my  real name) and I have a story to tell about mental illness.

My husband and I lost a son to suicide because of schizophrenia. This happened in l995 when he was 25. He’d had several attempts before, some serious and some not so serious, starting when he was in the 9th grade. We didn’t know about that one until after he was gone.

Because of the years of watching him suffer and trying everything we could think of to no avail, his death was more of a relief that he was free of his diseased brain. We grieved for his tortured life and prayed that he was now free.

I have had a passion for natural healing that has kept me reading for years. I have several books and lots of information on mental health. A naturopathic physician suggested that I share some of my information with others who might have family members who are suffering from a mental condition. At the end I will list a few books that I feel are extremely enlightening and helpful in the area of mental health.

Some of the basics I have learned are:

1. Schizophrenia is not one condition or disease but is a group of symptoms that can be caused by a number of different conditions.

2. Not every schizophrenic has the same symptoms.

3. Different kinds of mental illness can come and go in the same individual. Sometimes our son manifested schizophrenia symptoms, sometimes bi-polar, sometimes paranoia, anxiety, etc.

4 Negative thinking can change brain chemistry and bring on symptoms of mental illness or exacerbate those already present.

5. Schizophrenia brought on by some conditions fosters thoughts of suicide more than others.

6. Schizophrenia is a physical disease or condition with other physical as well as mental symptoms.

7. What we eat matters to our mental health, though the same foods are not right for everyone.

8. There are several biotypes, each of which can be helped by a different protocol.

9. The only permanent cure for mental illness comes from using natural methods such as those used by Orthomolecular Psychiatrists. Drugging a patient only masks symptoms.

I don’t intend to try to treat anyone. I’m not trained for that. I can recommend books by authors who are extremely knowledgeable in the field of Orthomolecular Psychiatry.

There are two psychiatrists, namely, Carl Pfeiffer (who is now deceased) and Abram Hoffer, who were the pioneers in the field of Orthomolecular Psychiatry. Their emphasis is in testing the individual showing symptoms of mental illness, then supplying natural substances, not drugs, to achieve a balance that is necessary to regain mental health. These substances differ with each patient.

Their success is remarkable. During treatment, which may be life long, the patient is not drugged, but is taking only natural substances.

Some of the things that can cause mental symptoms are pellegra, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and excesses, essential fatty acid imbalances, sugar imbalances, high blood pressure, brain allergies, etc.

Listed below are the books I have that I’ve found very helpful to my learning. I hope they give hope to someone else. There is much that can be done.

These are some of the books that I think are extremely helpful.

1. Healing the Mind the Natural Way by Pat Lazarus. This is probably the best introductory book.

2. Natural Healing for Schizophrenia and Other Common Mental Disorders by Eva Edelman This is an extremely enlightening book but difficult to read, particularly for the beginner.

3. Nutrition and Mental Illness-An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry by Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. Carl Pfeiffer found nutritional causes of psychotic disorders.

4. Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient Connection Including Brain Allergies Today : An Update by William Philpott, M.D. and Dwight Kalita Ph.D.



Women today:

Buythis book
Buythis CD

PC: Buythis product for PC MAC: Buythis product for Mac
Review Weight Mania

Buythis DVD
Review Yoga for Urban Living

Two Gyms in 
Travel Bags

Buy this product
Larger photo
Review GoFit ProGym

Buy Basic Tension
Buy Maximum Tension
Larger Photo
Review Bodylastics

Buy CD  
Buy XBox
Review Yourself Fitness





5. Mental and Elemental Nutrients:  A Physician’s Guide to Nutrition and Health by Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. This classic book is out-of-print and thus has limited availability. Try a used book store.

6. Common Questions on Schizophrenia and Their Answers by Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. This classic in its field is no longer available. 

Additional information about women or issues of a woman.

Buythis book
Review Why Does He DO That?
Inside Mind of Controlling Men

Buythis book
Review Passionate Marriage

Buythis video
Review Art of Exotic Dancing

1558505822.gif (6412 bytes)
Buythis book
Review Verbally Abusive Relationship

Buy this book
Review Abolition of Marriage


Outstanding Links
Singles Profiles 
Dating Web 
Dating Again 
Dating Tips 
Dating with Kids 
Earth Singles  Intimacy-Opposite Sex 
Local Singles Webs 
Love Poems & Quotes 
Lying and Dating 
Safely Single 
Single Rose 
Single Seniors 
Singles Meet 
Singles Store 
SOLO for Singles 
Speed Dating 
Suddenly Single 
Alternative Medicine 
Baby’s Sign Language 
Be a Matchmaker 
Birthday Book 
Blended Family 
Boys: Parenting 
Breast Feeding  
Choose Personal Matchmaker 
Discipline Your Child 
Dr. Luv 
Eating Healthy 
Esteem for Children 
Gender Understanding 
Games for Kids
Gifts for Men 
Gifts for Women 
Girls: Parenting 
Heart Express  
Holistic Health 
Kids’ Activities 
Kids’ Games 
Kids’ Toys 
Intimate Lovers 
Love & Chemistry 
Love & Marriage 
Music & More Music 
Organic Garden 
Organic Food 
Second Marriage 
Shopping Place 
Single Parents 
Spoiling Infants 
Sports & Recreation 
Teach Kids Right/Wrong 
Teens: by/for teens  
Toys for Kids
Travel with Kids 
Ultra Music 
Living Tips Beauty Tips 
Dating/Meeting Tips for Singles 
Love & Romance Tips 
Lunchbox Notes 
Math/Science Fun for Kids 
Stay in Touch with Kids-Grandkids 
Free Newsletters

Earth Friends 
DFW Happenings 


Backto Women’s Web Index
CyberParent Home

For Women Only Directory Letters from Women Marriage and Women: Directory of Series:
Magic Pill Work vs. Home Work Why Are Women Leaving Marriage in Droves?
Loneliness Women Need to Work What’s In Marriage for Women?
Happy Face Women and Abuse Why Is Marriage Unhappy for So Many Women?
I Should But I Can’t Questions for Brides Early History of Marriage
Scents and Fragrances Silent Contracts 19th Century Marriage
Sleep Directory of Series: Men & Sex
for women.
The 1950s Hangover!
Men and Women Talk Men and Sex in Today’s Society. Crossroads for Marriage
Book Reviews Men Use Sex to Connect. Prince Who?
Martyrs and Mothers Men Relate Through Sex. Happy Wives Make Happy Husbands!
Are You Depressed? Men & Sexual Rejections by Women Random Thoughts on Marriage
Setting Limits in Relationships. Male Sexual Attitudes, Fantasies, Masturbation.  
Your Attitudes and Behaviors Lust and Getting Lucky  
Test Those Nagging Doubts About Your Relationship    

GreenBuilding and Remodeling

Copyright © 1997-2010 CyberParent. All rights reserved.

Note: The opinions expressedherein are exclusively those of the writers or other participants and do not necessarily reflect theposition of CyberParent. They are not intended to take the place of advice of ahealth, legal, or other professional whose expertise you might need to seek.

You might also like More from author