The CURESZ Foundation
(Comprehensive Understanding via Research and Education into Schizophrenia)
Many members of the public live in a world of fear of those struggling with mental illness. Mass shootings make us wonder what could be done, and what we have to change.
Fortunately, few mass shooting incidents have been perpetrated by individuals with severe mental illness. These incidents are especially tragic, because with effective treatment, the incident might not have occurred and the victims’ lives would not have been lost.
The vast majority of persons with psychiatric brain disorders are not dangerous, and in fact are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of crime. But what does it take to get people who need medical care into treatment, and to help them remain in treatment?
The CURESZ Foundation believes that the key is to get the highest quality care to the most people in order to receive effective treatment to help them work or volunteer and enjoy a meaningful life. Once they have found the right treatment plan and can experience the ability to start a new life, we hope they will adhere to treatment in the long-term.
Unfortunately, some physicians still use old antipsychotic medications introduced decades ago in the 1970s which may have intolerable and serious adverse reactions. Unable to tolerate the side effects, many patients go off medication. Afraid to try other medications, they worry that all medications will have similar side effects. Some may resolve to never take medication again.
In other cases, treatment may enable a person to improve enough to leave the hospital, but the individual remains functionally disabled. Nonetheless, when they leave the hospital ward, their doctors consider the job done.
Severely mentally ill persons discharged from hospitals often remain in a state of incomplete recovery for years. They cannot work, volunteer or enjoy a meaningful life because they are not well enough. Often times, some effective but underutilized medications that can help them recover completely are not used or even offered as an option to the patient.
The CURESZ Foundation provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia and offers medical updates about alternative treatments to the public, as well as clinicians and treatment teams. We want you to learn about treatments that may radically change your life, but which are not being discussed or offered to you.
The CURESZ Foundation provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia. This includes information about the unique medication clozapine, which is the only FDA-approved medication for cases of treatment resistance. It also includes long-acting injectable medications (LAIs) which are convenient for persons with schizophrenia and effective at preventing relapse and rehospitalization.
The CURESZ Foundation has assembled a Clozapine in Schizophrenia Expert Panel (CLOSZE). Persons with schizophrenia who are interested in trying clozapine can log on to our website and find the clinician on the Panel who lives closest to them, for another opinion.
The CURESZ Foundation has also created a Tardive Dyskinesia Expert Panel. Persons with schizophrenia who are experiencing tardive dyskinesia can use the Panel to find a clinician who lives closest, and obtain a second opinion about one of the FDA-approved tardive dyskinesia medications, which both came to market in 2017.
CURESZ features stories of schizophrenia survivors who are not just recovered, but thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia. Our Survivors are here. Through our Survivor’s stories, we demonstrate that full recovery from schizophrenia is possible today.
The CURESZ Foundation also seeks to correct many misconceptions about schizophrenia, and to find practical and creative ways to eliminate the stigma attached to it. CURESZ educates students, mental health professionals, patients, families, and the general public through various media platforms.
CURESZ is particularly interested in educating teenagers and college-age young adults about the early warning signs of schizophrenia, which often do not start until adolescence or the early 20’s. We reassure students that serious mental illness is a medical disorder like hypertension or diabetes and that there should be no reluctance in taking a medication for any illness, including schizophrenia.
The CURESZ Board of Trustees includes well-known psychiatrists, lawyers, parents of mentally ill persons, and other professionals from around the country. Bethany Yeiser serves as President of the CURESZ Foundation, and Dr. Nasrallah as Executive Vice President and Scientific Director. The Foundation Officers also include a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The CURESZ Foundation seeks contributions to conduct and fund educational and research projects that study risk factors for schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders such as bipolar disorder, and coping strategies for patients and their families. See more on our mission and vision.
The CURESZ logo is created from a silver ribbon (the color associated with schizophrenia) which makes up the left part of the “C.” Schizophrenia is abbreviated as “SZ,” and the green color, the official color for mental health. The shooting star symbolizes the encouragement associated with overcoming schizophrenia via prevention, treatment, and eventually a cure, but this “star” also has a deliberate resemblance to a neuron with its axon, symbolizing schizophrenia as a neurobiological condition.
The CURESZ Foundation was founded jointly by Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah and Bethany Yeiser in July 2016. Bethany was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2007. Under the care of her psychiatrist, Dr. Nasrallah, it became apparent that she was “treatment resistant,” because of persistent auditory hallucinations. Thanks to treatment with clozapine, Bethany’s symptoms disappeared completely, and she returned to her former self, allowing her to reengage in relationships, study, play the violin, and enjoy life with family and friends.
After her full recovery from psychosis, Bethany transferred to the University of Cincinnati, completed her required courses with nearly straight A’s, and received her molecular biology degree magna cum laude in 2011. In 2014, she published her memoir, Mind Estranged, which details her recovery after four years of homelessness and psychosis. Today, Bethany travels around the country sharing her journey of recovery, to inspire patients and families, and to help clinicians and other mental health professionals better understand the experience of schizophrenia symptoms and recovery, and how their patients can recover and return to their baseline.
Through her partnership with Dr. Nasrallah and the CURESZ Foundation, she hopes to offer persons with schizophrenia, their families, clinicians and the general public needed information about schizophrenia.
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