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Winnipeg couple tell story of journey from mental illness to mental wellness

A Winnipeg man and his wife, who say a relatively new approach to treating mental illness silenced his symptoms of schizophrenia, are telling their story on film to help others.

Sean Miller and his wife Doris started an online fundraising campaign last week to raise the $15,000 needed to film, produce, and distribute a documentary about the therapy they say changed their lives.

“It felt like these thoughts that I couldn’t shut off or control were intruding into my life,” said Sean of the symptoms that eventually led doctors to tell Doris to leave him. “My world shrank… there was just impending doom, consistently and persistently.”

After symptoms started in 1996 Sean was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2005 and doctors suggested he spend the rest of his life in chronic care centre.

That’s when Doris, a nurse, read about the work of Florida-based physician Dr. Don Colbert, and Targeted Amino Acid Therapy, which works to restore neurotransmitter function.

It didn’t happen over night, said Doris, but a few months after Sean started taking a blend of supplements to level out his neurotransmitter numbers, she began to see a change.

By 2008 the voices had disappeared, and in 2011 Sean’s doctors said he was ready to stop taking prescription medications for schizophrenia.

“It’s totally different now,” said Doris. “Within a year and four months of that doctor telling me I should leave, I found the beginning of the answer that would help us dig ourselves out.”

Now Sean wants to reach others suffering from mental illness, medical professionals and public policy makers with the film, which follows the couple’s journey and includes interviews with the doctors who helped.

“Instead of just moving on with life we have to go back for the others that are still living that reality,” he said. “I just want to help.”

To help fund the documentary and find out more about the project click here.

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