From Schizophrenia to Recovery
& Mary Beth De Bord
Bethany Yeiser is an author and mental health advocate. Her memoir Mind Estranged tells the story of Bethany’s life, from her years as a promising university student through her gradual descent into schizophrenia, and unexpected full recovery.
In July, 2016, she partnered with Dr. Henry Nasrallah to establish the CURESZ Foundation, whose mission is to support a multifaceted educational campaign to correct the misperceptions about schizophrenia among the general public, using multiple media platforms, and inspire hope among patients and their families about the increasing prospects of remission and recovery through new treatments that parallel the momentous advances in understanding the neurobiology of psychotic disorders.
As a motivational speaker, Bethany inspires positive change in the way people diagnosed with schizophrenia are characterized and treated in the health care system and by society. She discusses strategies for effective teamwork among families and health care providers, helping patients develop insight into mental illness, consent to treatment, and achieve the highest possible level of recovery. Bethany also raises awareness of the disproportionately high rate of incarceration of the mentally ill. Bethany holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with honor from the University of Cincinnati. https://curesz.org
Mary Beth De Bord
Mary Beth De Bord is an attorney, author, advocate, wife and mother. Ms. De Bord met Bethany while searching for answers for her son who was ill with a brain disorder. A passionate advocate for those afflicted with serious brain disorders, she has served on the Board of Directors of The CURESZ Foundation since its inception. The mother of four sons and a caregiver for a family member recovering from a severe psychiatric condition, her passion is to educate others about and to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and to advocate for greater support and cures for those afflicted with mental illness.
Mary Beth De bord received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana. She is the Vice President and General Counsel of PROtential, LLC, a strategic marketing firm located in St. Charles, Illinois. https://curesz.org
“This book is a beacon of hope to those whose minds are compromised by a major medical disorder. There is hope. Recovery is possible.”—Louis B. Cady, MD CEO and Founder, Cady Wellness Institute.
Mind Estranged tells the story of Bethany’s life from her years as a promising university students through her gradual descent into schizophrenia, and her unexected full recovery.
While slowly losing her sanity, Bethany traveled the world, and worked as a volunteer in Afrida. After he return to the USA, she was unable to work or study and soon found herself homeless, delusional, and controlled by voiced that talked to her and gave her orders in her mind.
Bethany’s memoir enables the reader to enter into the mind of a person with schizophrenia, homeless and romaning the streets. While living in the shadoes of society, her illness drove her to refuse all contact with her family and friends, and eventually led to her arrest and hospitalization.
Against all odds, she recovered from schizophrenia, returned to college, and graduated with honors. Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, a professor of psychiatry who treated Bethany writes, “Bethany is living proof that recovery from schizophrenia is possible with good medical care, solid family support and the courage to keep fighting the tormenting voices that ordered her every move and controlled her every thought.”
“Mind Estranged is a powerful message of encouragement and support for any human being facing an overwhelming challenge at some point in life.”