Bethany Yeiser is the founding president of the CURESZ Foundation, which she established jointly in 2016 with the psychiatrist who helped her recover completely (with clozapine), Henry A. Nasrallah, MD. She is an author, speaker and mental health advocate. Bethany holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati, 2011. She published her memoir, Mind Estranged, in 2014. Today, Bethany has been in full recovery from schizophrenia for twelve years.
In 1999-2002, Bethany studied molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Southern California. Her schizophrenia emerged during her senior year in 2002, following a three month trip to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa where she was volunteered at a medical clinic.
Upon her return from Africa, Bethany’s high academic performance suddenly deteriorated, and she started getting F’s instead of A’s. She developed delusions believing that she would become the next Mother Teresa, and a prophet who would no longer need a college degree. Bethany grew increasingly paranoid, dropped out of college and became homeless on the streets of Los Angeles for over 4 years. In 2006, she began hearing voices (command hallucinations) almost continuously.
Bethany was finally picked up by police for screaming back at the voices, admitted to a psychiatric ward, and diagnosed with schizophrenia. She spent twelve months trying five different medications with little success before being referred to Dr. Nasrallah who started her on clozapine, which literally cured all her symptoms. Today, Bethany offers education to patients and families about clozapine and other underutilized and cutting-edge medications through the work of the CURESZ Foundation.