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Am J Psychiatry 163:5, May 2006 789 Images in Psychiatry ajp.psychiatryonline.org Mary Mitchell I n this space, the Journal has featured many of the pioneers in the field—individuals and institutions that provided crucial contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. In this issue, coinciding with both Mental Health Month and the APA’s annual meeting, we wanted to feature a representative from the other side of the treatment equation who, in some respects, is also a pioneer. Presented are works by Mary Mitchell that ap- peared in an exhibit titled “Episodic Drawings.” These drawings were rendered while she was hospi- talized with an acute episode of schizophrenia at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1979. For the exhibit, these images were accompanied by her thoughts upon reviewing the drawings in 2002: “The drawings are generally attempts at real- ism yet appear as naive representations. The
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Unformatted text preview: topics therein are studies of the stark, simple en-vironment of a mental ward. They are products of my perceptions and altered mental state at that time. Looking at them in retrospect, I can see their distortion and sedate mood. I can now recognize them as a stage in the history of my ar-tistic endeavors and, finally, a graphic record of my mental illness. For years, individuals with serious mental ill-nesses, such as schizophrenia, were looking at a life-time of hospitalization. At present, new treatment options have brought patients like Mary into new territories of outpatient treatment and insight. MICHAEL D. ROY Mr. Roy is the Editorial Manager of the Journal . Address correspondence and reprint requests to The American Journal of Psy-chiatry , 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209-3901; ajp@psych.org (e-mail)....
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