Drug-free treatment of psychosis –

Can there be a drug-free treatment of psychosis? Is it possible to use alternative therapeutic approaches to combat the primary course of medication?

A documentary from the BBC World Service looks at an experimental approach within Norway; can Norwegian patients with psychosis benefit from a new challenge to traditional existing treatments, a drug-free treatment?

With special permission granted to a number of institutions, a handful of Norway’s mental health facilities are offering medication-free treatment to people with serious psychiatric conditions.

The scheme has been running for five years but not everyone agrees with the method or the results, and the health establishment is still questioning the ethics of not following established medical practice.

But is it a question of risk or a question of empowerment? How much power should people with debilitating psychosis have over their own lives?

Listen to the documentary from the BBC World Service