Take These Broken Wings

Take These Broken Wings, a feature-length documentary film by director and former psychotherapist Daniel Mackler, shows that people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication.  According to most of the mental health field, and of course the pharmaceutical industry, this is not possible.  The film centers on the lives of two women – heroes of mine – who both recovered from severe schizophrenia.  The film traces the roots of their schizophrenia to childhood trauma and details their successful psychotherapy with gifted clinicians.

The first woman is Joanne Greenberg (fully recovered for more than fifty years), the bestselling author of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.  The second is Catherine new broken wings_image_largerPenney (fully recovered for more than thirty years), a mental health nurse in California whose healing tale was chronicled by her therapist, Daniel Dorman, MD, in the book Dante’s Cure: A Journey Out of Madness.

Their accounts are interwoven with interviews with giants in the field of schizophrenia recovery.  These include Peter Breggin, MD (author, Toxic Psychiatry), Robert Whitaker (journalist, author, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic), and Bertram Karon, PhD (author, Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia:  Treatment of Choice).  Also featured throughout the film are over 100 interview clips of strangers filmed in New York City’s Washington Square Park who share their points of view on schizophrenia.

NOTE:  I have decided to place all of my films on Youtube for free, because I want to share them with the world.  You can still purchase DVDs of the films if you wish, but I don’t want money to stop anyone from receiving their message.  Here’s to a revolution in the mental health industry!



DVD of this film and both trailers (click here and here) also available with English subtitles.

61 thoughts on “Take These Broken Wings

  1. Dear Daniel,

    my brother was diagnosed 5 years ago and has been on medication ever since. I refuse to accept that sentence he has been given (that is basically what being diagnosed with schizophrenia in my eastern european country means ;)).

    I want to show the movie to my parents and want to ask if you have subs for it in English or German (both languages are fine, I can work with them) and do the translation.

    samokovi at gmail.com

    Best regards,

    • Daniel,

      I should have elaborated – I will make the translation into Bulgarian and provide you with the file so that you can add one more language option to the subtitled videos.


  2. Hello Daniel,
    Would it be possible to have your postal address or e mail address so that l could contact you by letter or email as l feel that what l have to relate is not necessarily suitable for this type of forum. I would very much appreciate any advise you can give me about an inextricably complicated situation and one which is politically delicate.
    Please let me know if you have the time…
    Best wishes John Herbert

  3. It would be nice or useful if you addressed cost, too.
    Who paid for those 1300 sessions of therapy for Kathrine? And the years at Chestnyt lodge for Joanna?
    Their parents? The parents’ insurance at the time?
    Today 1300 sessions would probably cost at least 150,000$ if not twice as much.
    But doesn’t residential treatment for eating disorders cost that much, too? And it’s covered by insurance while psychoanalysis is never covered. Right?
    How much do the drugs cost in comparison? Aripiprazole is extremely expensive. But others don’t cost very much.
    Do you think people who suffer from psychosis are sicker than people who are depressed or suffer from anxiety?
    How do people invent those voices in their heads? Why do some people do that and others don’t?

  4. I have been a psychiatric patient in Lithuania, in the university hospital in Kaunas, where I work myself as a doctor. I looked there for help and support as I suffered from severe postpartum depression, sleep deprivation and started having delusions and hallucinations. I expected some tests done as I had anemia before delivery, and then the baby got sick and I had to stay up for 10 nights in a row in a neonatal unit where they gave me no bed to sleep. I was waiting for someone to come and explain what was going on. Yet I was crushed instead, I was no longer a doctor, I was no longer a human, they started drugging me severely, and when I complained of side effects and asked the doses to be reduced, I received even more drugs and more humiliation. I was not allowed anywhere near my children, and that was pure hell to my soul. I was begging them to allow me home, but they told me I had to get well. My condition was deteriorating severely, I lost all willpower, my handwriting was small, I developed severe parkinsonism, was drooling saliva and lost all my mental and motor skills. I realized I cannot perform simple tasks as clean my teeth, comb my hair, walk, stand on one foot, write a page. Eventually with the help of my husband I managed to self discharge being floridly delusional on max doses of 3 psychiatric meds, being hardly able to walk, talk or think 2 months and 10 days later, after my husband realized I am not recovering and the psychiatrists telling I have ‘medication resistant schitzophrenia’. Things improved after I discontinued the poisonous drugs, and realized what they have done to me and my family. I requested the case records and to my surprise they were fabricated day by day to justify why they kept me in the hospital and drugged. All the concern I expressed regarding my children was named anxiety and delusions, and they kept changing meds as none of them worked – I still cared for my children. So indeed, Lithuania is a country where they would kill you and ruin your life and your family with no remorse, just to get the money out of your case. The system is rotten from a lame beginner resident to the head of the department and the head of the hospital. It is still the Soviet Union here. Psychiatrists are not doctors here, they are numb executioners and lobotomizers. The message you get once you are under their influence is that the longer you stay in the hospital and the more drugs you take – the better. The message they conceal – it is better for them, not for you.

  5. J am surprise about the film of broken wings recovery from schizofrenia without medication.
    My daughter is diagnosed schizofrenis few months ago. But she have been sick almost 2years ago. She had get a false diagnose and mediction. J need help. She is still sick.

  6. Where can we find affordable treatment for those suffering with schizophrenia? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and sometimes get negative feedback for having seen a client for over 300 sessions. Not everyone can afford this. You make me feel like I am doing my job rather than taking advantage of the patient. Thanks for sharing this film and research.

    • greetings, wish I had a good reply for you!!!! well, a lot of therapists criticize anything they don’t understand, so I cant take them too seriously!!! appreciating what you say—–daniel

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  8. Does anyone know if there is an appropriate healing facility in California -or anywhere -preferably on the west coast, that is culturally sensitive, where a person can reside and be treated for (Schizophrenia)..hearing voices and unusual sensory experiences, that is NOT med focused, and not a locked faciility; but rather is open and treats people with dignity and respect no matter their ethnicity? DANIEL OR ANYONE, PLEASE TELL ME THE NAME/ADDRESS OF SUCH A PLACE..eob eonja2@yahoo.com

    • windhorse in san luis obispo is probably the best in california and is definitely one of the best in the country. https://www.windhorseimh.org/ however…….they’re not good for everyone and they’re very expensive—-probably more than $10,000 per month. that’s the sad reality of the USA……. not sure if you have the money for this, but i would give them a call and maybe they could also make other referrals. if you give me a more specific location i might know a specific local clinician…..ya never know. all the best, daniel

      • Hello Daniel.
        Thank you so very much for your reply. I will definitely follow up with Windhorse. My son continues to have severe symptoms but fears sharing his misery with Psychiatrist because he fears -even more, being put on more meds!!
        I am praying that Windhorse will be more interested in HELPing my son to heal, and will work with me on the finances.
        By the way, I met a colleague of yours. When I mentioned your name, as a reference in regards to eCPR, he stated that he already knows you.
        Again, thanks so much.

        • cool 🙂 also, you should try contacting Jack Rosberg in Southern California. he’s a clinician and a good person whom i’d trust more than many many others!! daniel
          p.s. i’ll send his email backchannel to you.

        • actually, i don’t even know his email anymore, it was so long ago i was in touch with him. but he started this organization, i believe, so they might have it: http://www.schizophrenia-help.com/ i can’t vouch for their present work, but i do believe jack started this, and they’re worth a try. all the best, daniel

  9. This is the first time I’ve seen this film. For the first time in my life I finally see that there are people out there that believe what I’ve always believed. My mother was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic several years ago. She never signed up for help but did end up in a hospital a few times because of something she did breaking the law. Treatment was forced on her and when she was released she never pursued further treatment. However she seemed well and for several years at a time. The last time I would say she seemed good for close to twenty years. That never made any sense to me. There was always some traumatic incident that happened that put her over the edge where nobody could reach her. She would then isolate and disown us kids. There were four of us at one time. My youngest brother committed suicide back in 1981 suicide when he wad 16. My oldest brother overdosed on heroine 2 years ago. That leaves me and my other younger brother. I am 58 years old now. I always felt it was a safe place for my mother to be in her schizophrenic world rather than to face the deaths of her 2 children. Back when she was married to my father she lived a pure life of hell. He was not what she thought he was when they married. As far as her younger years are concerned, I was told she started to show signs of mental illness when she was in her teens. She was born in 1936 and is still alive today but the only one she speaks to is my brother. A few years ago we took trips to Sweden and she seemed ok then. But something happened again and she left mentally. Some of my other relatives wish she’d get medical help, medicated etc., but I told them I felt she was better off where she is mentally. Given her age and the lack of genuine help, the help that I know would work, she’d probably die before she’d be well. I really wish more help was available over the years but I suppose if the kind of help that really works was available, then a lot of people would be out of work and God forbid that happens. I worked in the medical profession for years and finally left. I was sick and tired of all the stuff that goes on. I know the truth and this documentary confirms what I known all along. Maybe that’s why my mother always liked being in foreign countries. Thank you Daniel for taking the time trying to reveal the real issues!

      • I’m surprised nobody put a gag order on you by now. Corporate America would have a field day with this information. That is of coarse this hits someone in their own family. I admire your courage. This is also the first place I found that I have a voice. Thank you once again.

  10. First of all thank you for making this document.

    I would love to pass this along but I’d rather do it with a reference list so people can also read these studies with their own eyes (this is a delicate matter for people to deal with when people rely on the drug industries so gullibly). Is it possible to get links/info for the researches that were talked about in the document?

    • hi anne — greetings from new york. i don’t have all the references compiled, i’m sorry. i did it years ago but can’t find the document. i did find a document with some of them in it, and some others that are good.

      The first of these six articles, I believe, can all be found at the website http://www.psychrights.org

      Seikkula, Altonen, Alakare et. al. (2006). “Five-year experience
      of first-episode nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue
      approach: Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two
      case studies.” Psychotherapy Research, 16(2): 214-228.

      (world health organization studies, cited in “take these broken wings”:)
      Jablensky, A. (1992).
      Psychological Medicine.
      Supplement 20, pages 1-95.

      Whitaker, R. (2004). “The case against antipsychotic drugs:
      A 50-year record of doing more harm than good.” Medical
      Hypotheses. 62: 5-13.

      Harding, C. (1987). “The Vermont longitudinal study of
      persons with severe mental illness.” American Journal of
      Psychiatry 144: 727-734. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

      Harrow, M. and Jobe, T. (2007). “Factors involved in outcome
      & recovery in schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotic
      medications: a 15-year multifollow-up study.” The
      Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 195(5): 406-14. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

      Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., & Aaltonen, J. (2000). “A 2-year follow-
      up on open dialogue treatment in first-episode psychosis:
      Need for hospitalization and neuroleptic medication
      decreases.” Social and Clinical Psychiatry. 10(2): 20-29.

      Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., Aaltonen, J., Haarakangas, K., Keränen,
      J. & Lehtinen, K. (2006). “5 year experience of first-episode
      nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue approach:
      Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two case
      studies.” Psychotherapy Research. 16(2): 214-228.

      I think the rest of the articles in “take these broken wings” are cited in Robert Whitaker’s books “Mad in America” and “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” which are both well worth the read.

      all the best, sorry to not have a complete list,

  11. I’m just finishing “Take these broken wings” and I love it. Thanks for putting it on youtube, I finally have a video to direct those in my family to who think medicine is the only answer. I myself was diagnosed with Schitzophrenia but refused the medication and released myself from psych ward, mostly because I did not believe I was insane and that the voices were real. Like they were, just coming from my own brain and not the stratosphere. I had to threaten suicide to stop my family from declaring me insane like the doctor suggested in order to force the medicine into me. I didn’t go to therapy either but the symptoms slowly went away. I don’t know exactly what I did right if anything, I’m just grateful that I had the good sense to refuse the pills because a friend of mine that was diagnosed with the same condition a few years later and who did take the pills died from the side effects. Check out “Hearing voices international” at intervoiceonline.org if you havent heard about them before. Thank you again.

  12. I was wondering if one can be “cured” from bipolar/mania? Someone close to me is currently taking 8 medications a day and not able to live life. 🙁

    • hi Jean — sure, lots of people with that diagnosis have come out of it, come out the other side, worked through it, “recovered” — whatever word you want to use. a couple or a few are in this film: http://wildtruth.net/dvd/psychdrugs/

      wishing you and the person close to you all the best

  13. thanks daniel for you answer I am mary, i don’t speak very well English but I try to do. Yesterday I wrote you because i saw one commentary where you respond to another person in Argentina.and you tell her you have freinds in Argentiana and you send her information this commentary is down to the video healing homes or curando en casa in spanish . my brother have psicosis he can’t go out his home. We don’t find any professional with this methods without medication.
    daniel thank you if you can nhelp me with this importanbt information for my brother’s life.
    I apreeciate you read my message and finaly thank you for all your information .
    thanks so much. god bless you.

    • hi mary,
      i was given this website — es posible que puede ayudarte or ayudar a su hermano? tambien, yo voy a escribirte en privado, con un nombre. es posible que esa mujer sabe algo que puedu ayudar. daniel

  14. hola buenas tardes tengo un familiar que necesita ayuda en buenos aires Argentina.Mi hermano estaba tomando medicacion pero creo que ya no toma, nunca se interno, pero no puede salir de casa
    . Por favor si conoce un profesional en buenos aires, que sea ante todo un buen ser humano que de terapia sin mediacion .
    Gracias por toda la informacion cuando sentia que perdia la esperanza lei y vi tus articulos, y me di cuenta que si hay una esperanza y que los familiares nos tenemos que informar. Le agradeceria me envie el contacto de un profesional que como dice el doctor Norman vea este tipo de problemas como algo que tiene que ver con la vida, una persona que ayude a descubrir el camino .
    que Dios lo bendiga gracias.

    • hola mary! yo no conozco una terapist en argentina, pero es posible que alguien aqui conoce una…. espero que si!! gracias y buena suerte! daniel

  15. Dear Daniel,
    I think I am your newest fan! I saw your critic about the mental health system on YouTube and listen to your interview , bought your latest book on Amazon all on one day!
    I think what you do is so amazing and a true gift to all parents ! I wish you would write about how to be better parents , common mistakes parents make or something like that!
    I appreciate all the free and reasonably price books you have offered us and hope to become a therapist like you ( honest , fearless and effective )
    Not sure if you read this but I thought to express my gratitude as a person working to become a psychologist

  16. Hi Daniel, Not sure if your web-site is still active, but I was diagnosed as suffering from Schizophrenia in the early eighties and after a number of times in hospital, I was told I would never recover or work etc.
    Since then I was taken off medications in 97 and have never relapsed.
    I have had my own business, worked in the NHS in mental health for 10 years, did a degree as part of my career, the went overseas and taught Science and English.
    I have my own ideas about what causes psychosis and found that many of the people (except those who were psychotic as a result of illegal drugs) had similar paths into psychosis as I had.
    When I tried to speak to people in the NHS about my ideas they did not seem interested in even exploring any new idea.
    I want to make my own youtube videos but do not have the cameras/lighting etc to do this, but I hope to get help from a universities media studies class, soon, I am just waiting on word. any suggestions from you or any of your commenters would be appreciated.

    • Hi Patrick,
      I would appreciate very much if you can give me some insights what is the path which lead person in psychosis .
      I would appreciate very much your answer …I have son hospitalized because of psychoses at present time and heavily medicated.
      Thank you .Sincerely regards Zorica

      • So typical of Joanne not to “toot” her horn. She never even mentioned this documentary to me last Nov. when we were mounting a new production of “Rose Garden.” I must chide her the next time I see or talk to her.

        I watched the video and ordered the DVD. It was very nicely done and made the point precisely.

        At the numerous talk backs that she and I had with audiences after various productions, it was always amazing how we would always get one professional who wanted to argue for the use of medication, but was totally unable to answer the questions put back to them.

        This information (like in your video) has been hiding in plain sight for over 70 years. Too bad these doctors are so myopic that they can’t see it.

  17. Isn’t it extraordinary that if you get better, you can’t have had schizophrenia? The psychiatrists won’t let go of their beliefs even in the face of major evidence to the contrary.

  18. I too am weeping in gratitude. I read `I Never promised You a Rose Garden in the 1960s when I was in a very dark place. I think it was the reason I went into psychiatric nursing in 1969. I became a nurse/clinician, counsellor and advocate who never believed the emerging bio guys’ belief it was all in the chemicals & genes. I worked with a large group of young people diagnosed with schizophrenia as we produced, performed & toured a stage production for 6 months. No one had any sign of psychosis for the entire 6 months. Nobody reneged on rehearsals or performances even when they were drugged to almost a standstill. After 6 months it was disbanded (not by me, I was a 3rd year student). Two of the most talented killed themselves within 3 months, one went on to be a successful executive of a peer organisation who retired a couple of years ago. The others, I think, were swallowed by the system. I still remember them as if it was yesterday. I too, had issues, and in my old age fell foul of the mental health system. After 13 years, including 87 ECT treatments, I walked away, dropped the drugs and haven’t been `sick’ since. As a result of that book I believed that everything had a cause. It was just a matter of finding it, working with it & moving on. It could be hard work. I was also often impressed by the sheer courage of some people facing dreadful futures as we were told at the time. Schizophrenia was a life sentence they said – `I Never Promised You a Rose Garden’ put paid to that, I thought. I still regret that theatre, music & art are so ignored by the entire psychiatric profession. I am now attempting to be an advocate & activist, but, as `Deborah’s’ doctor said in the book, if one by one is OK by God, then one by one it must be. I was an advocate for a young woman recently, and together with her family we managed to alter the totally unnecessary path an aggressive bully of a doctor was pushing. I hope she can stay clear of the `system’. During the theatre episode I met one of the most courageous people I have ever met. I don’t know what became of her but, given her appalling background, a nasty & much maligned `illness’, she stands clear as a beacon to me over 40 years on. I would like to buy all the DVDs you have & I will ASAP. Thanks

    • Thank you Dierdre! I appreciate hearing what you’ve written, painful as it is. ECT…..so scary. I actually just made a new short film (for Youtube) and in it there are two people who have had ECT. One speaks about it in some (painful) depth. It can be such a horror…… I did an internship at a psych hospital for ten weeks in NYC where they gave electroshock. Let’s put it this way: I am no fan of that hospital or their treatments!! Here’s my new film if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGcL6ntKuR0

      Wishing you all the best!

  19. I am weeping in gratitude for this movie and your generosity.I was given “I never Promised you a Rose Garden” after a total of 7 years of instituional “treatment” In Aotearoa New Zealand. My first psychois altered the rudder of my life profoundly. I have always yearned for a caring that did not involve medications. I have been working as an advocate against forced treatment for many years the fire of my advocacy burnt into my being from what I have witnessed and experienced. I have always said my mania is my friend. There is so much I would want to say here but for brevity sake I am a wash with gratitude that a friend said money is not needed for the revolution. The return of such open giving will be manifold and manifest. Bless the beauty of your own pathway.
    Annie Helm, Wellington New Zealand

    • Hi Annie,

      I just wanted to say thank you so much for your beautiful message. I also live in Aotearoa NZ and have watched my Mum suffer through the psychiatric system for most of my life. I am doing eveything in my power to support her and learn about the best ways to do that. I want to be a part of the revolution within this country. Blessings to you.


  20. Hi Daniel,

    Having watched the trailers for Take These Broken Wings, I’m really keen to see the full film. I’m a filmmaker myself (although things are getting in the way of the films a little at the moment), but also on a journey to get well. I was wondering if there is any online streaming option, a way to see the film over the internet for a lower cost? Your film is worth every cent you charge – I know the labour s involved in personal projects – but I am not in a position to afford the DVD right now.

    Many thanks, for all your work

    • hi Will,
      I’m working on a new, good option right now!! I will reply to you backchannel — all the best,

  21. That gives me so much hope for my soliloquy son who has been diagnosed in 2004 paranoid schizophrenic. Weaning from Invega Sustena injections with no medical supervision. He talks aloud 12 to 16 hours a day.

  22. Daniel – Received the videos today. We just finished watching the first (Take These Broken Wings) and found it to be inspiring. Though I realize that schizophrenia is a complicated illness this video shows that there is hope for recovery without medication. It would be wonderful if all professionals could display the kind of empathy displayed by those in the film. To truly value another human being seems to me the single most important thing we can do in life – and to communicate that so the other feels as if they do have value. Fear holds us back when interacting with the mentally ill – will we say or do something wrong, will they hurt themselves or others, how do we know what is working and what is not – most of us fear the unknown, and there is little in the world that is more unknown than a fragile mind that is often out of touch with reality. The schizophrenic will often test the limits of our acceptance in ways that we are simply unable to maintain. I ordered these films for a friend whose daughter was diagnosed a few years ago – in her early 20’s – and has been in and out of treatment. She is an RN and has witnessed the rampant over-medicating of young people so she is against medicating her daughter. It is my hope she can find a therapist in this area that could treat her daughter without drugs. Thank you so much for creating these videos!

    • Thank you for sharing this, Pat. Glad to hear you found value in it. There’s also an interview with me about the making of this film. It’s on Youtube if you wish to see it: http://youtu.be/9-_sytUZV7o

      It’s not always easy to find a clinician who will work without psychiatric drugs — or who has much of idea of what to do that will be useful. But there are some out there!! And also some peer-oriented or consumer groups have a much more enlightened perspective, and can be very useful — at times much better than therapy, I think.

      All the best to you, to your friend, and to your friend’s daughter——

    • “To truly value another human being seems to me the single most important thing we can do in life”. Catherine Garcia

      Wow! Rescuing animals is humane, rescuing humans is divine.

  23. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    you were only waiting for this moment to arise

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    take these sunken eyes and learn to see
    All your life
    you were only waiting for this moment to be free

    Black-bird fly
    Black-bird fly
    into the light of a dark black night

  24. I would love to know more about your work and purchase your videos. As a mental health nurse I work casually where drugs are mandatory most of the time. As a clinical hypnotherapist I have my own practice where I subscribe to the theory that it is possible to cure oneself, so facilitate self hypnosis for my clients. It’s difficult doing the 2 jobs!!! I am thinking of ways I could do some research to bring about change.

  25. Hello Daniel
    How do I get a copy of the DVD take these broken wings in Australia Daniel? It needs to be PAL, area 4.
    By the way love your work and approach to suffering.
    This is coming from a psychiatric survivor and therapist in Australia
    Do you plan to come to the international hearing voices conference in Australia this year – we would love to have you!
    Warmest wishes Sandy

    • hi sandy,
      greetings!! my films are all pre-set to show in all regions, and although it’s NTSC (not PAL) in my experience they’ve all played in PAL DVD players and on most PAL computers…. I don’t know if they’ll work on yours….but if you buy it and it doesn’t work I will refund your money.

      also, i am coming to australia in october and maybe part of november, 4 weeks. a different conference, and then my plans are not set. i lived in australia for 8 months in 1993 — haven’t been back since!! very much looking forward to coming!!

      all the best to you,

  26. Hello
    I’m a psychology student
    and I would like to ask if you have any experience with mindfulness treatment in cases of psychosis ?

    • Hi Katerina,
      Yes, I do have some experience with this. In the most general sense I have a lot — because I personally practice inner dialoguing, which is rather like mindfulness, and sometimes people in extreme states find this useful. But in the specific sense I have visited or lived at a few different programs where they take mindfulness pretty seriously, and use that word. I’ve been at all 3 Windhorse programs in the USA (Northampton, MA, Boulder, CO, and San Luis Obispo, CA) — and they, and especially some of their clinicians, take mindfulness seriously…and I think it’s pretty helpful for some of the folks they work with.
      all the best,

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