Dr. Bertram Karon said: if you look at all the data we have and all the case studies... schizophrenics are very sick human beings. What it really is, is primarily, a chronic terror syndrome. We're supposed to feel terrified for a minute, maybe for half an hour when there's a danger but if you feel you are in danger of being destroyed and you have to live that way for days, weeks, months, or years... the toll on you is terrible. All of the symptoms of schizophrenia are either aspects of the terror syndrome or defenses against it. And that includes, the catatonic state where people become rigid which we've demonstated in animals occurs when they seem they are on the verge of dying. The hallucinations and delusions which all human beings are capable of doing but most of us will never have to do...
The best evidence of this goes back to WWII. There was a situation in WWII where every solder who went through it -- and they were always sent for treatment -- looked like the sickest, most chronic schizophrenics. And the situation was very simple: people were out there shooting at you, trying to kill you. And so you dug a foxhole as quick as you could and you could barely get into it, and as soon as you could barely get into it, you got into it, so you wouldn't die. And they kept shooting at you trying to kill you, so you didn't move... when your food ran out you stopped eating... if you had to urinate or defecate you did it on yourself. And if this went on for more than three days and nights, every single soldier looked like the most chronic, sickest schizophrenic. The strange thing was however, if they were reasonably healthy people beforehand, when brought to a place of security and safety and just given rest, they got better spontaneously.
At the time, people said it couldn't be schizophrenia because we know that it doesn't get better. The long term studies however ... done in 12 different countries now indicate that irrespective of treatment, 30% of schizophrenics completely recover within 25 years. There have been studies from Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, the United States, Germany... they all find the same thing. Unfortunately, the best of the American studies -- that of Courtney Harding, which studied patients from Vermont -- found that the patients got better in 20 years but the patients who stayed on their medication as long as their doctors told them to, none of them ever recovered. 50% of the patients eventually stopped taking their medication against medical advise and all of the patients who had a full recovery were in that group.... read more here:http://spiritualrecoveries.blogspot.com/2007/03/dr-b...
We highly recomment Dr. Karon's book:
Psychotherapy of schizophrenia: The treatment of choice. by Karon, B.P. & VandenBos, G.R. (1981). New York: Aronson.