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My Battle With Mental Illness
My story started out similar to the other hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffering from mental illness and like them the only answers I ever found were written on a prescription pad.
After suffering from severe symptoms for a decade, a doctor informed me that arrangements were being made to place me in a chronic care unit. What I didn’t know at the time was that a doctor and a social worker were trying to encourage my wife to leave our marriage. They told her she was young and still had a long life ahead of her – one that should not include me or my illness.
According to my healthcare providers, my symptoms were too severe, I was not responding well to treatments, and I had been sick for too long to ever consider the possibility of recovery. I was told I would just have to live with the illness.
Finding the Answers
Then, in 2006, my wife and I found a medical doctor and New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Don Colbert, who had the answers we were looking for – answers found in a type of therapy based on neuroscience research and testing. Thanks to the test results, for the first time I was able to see lab values that correlated to what I was experiencing.
Dr Colbert and I worked together for almost five years to become what I am today – symptom and medication-free, living without mental illness – and now I am determined to share my story for the benefit of others.
A Right to Hope
We know what helped me can help others. Doris and I have seen individuals reduce their medications enabling their return to school; employment and regain autonomy that was stolen by the illness.
People suffering from mental illness have a right to know about all available options to improve health.
We endeavor to provide some of those answers by way of a documentary.
In addition to our telling of the story, we have traveled within North America to film interviews with the following scientists and medical professionals:
Dr. Gottfried Kellermann (Chairman, CEO and Founder of NeuroScience Inc.)
Dr. Kelly Olson (Pharmacologist and Neuroscience expert)
Dr. Stewart Wakeman (Psychiatrist and University Professor)
Dr. Don Colbert (Medical Doctor and New York Times best-selling author)
The eyes behind the lens belong to Dave Wowchuk (cinematographer, director of photography, producer and owner of Artisan Media). Dave brings a high calibre of expertise to the project from a wealth of experience working with clients such as; TSN, NBC/Universal Entertainment, History Channel and HGTV (to name a few).
We believe the answers that give hope and restore health should be easy to find, especially the ones that enable others to live without mental illness.