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Bethany Yeiser

Bethany Yeiser

Bethany Yeiser is a motivational speaker and the author of Mind Estranged: My Journey from Schizophrenia and Homelessness to Recovery (released May 31, 2014). Bethany was a scholarship winner, researcher and violinist before she became severely mentally ill and homeless her senior year of college, 2003. Bethany established the CURESZ Foundation with Dr. Henry Nasrallah in July, 2016.

Mind Estranged

Mind Estranged tells the story of Bethany's life, from her years as a promising university student through her gradual descent into schizophrenia, and unexpected, full recovery. While slowly losing her sanity, she traveled the world. She returned to the U.S. unable to work or study--and soon found herself homeless, delusional, and controlled by voices that talked to her and gave her orders in her mind.

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Mind Estranged
Flight from Reason

Flight from Reason

A Mother's Story of Schizophrenia, Recovery and Hope was written by Bethany's mom, Karen S. Yeiser, and parallels the timeline of Mind Estranged. Mind Estranged and Flight from Reason are companion books. For more information, see here.

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WCPO Interview

Every year, mental illness affects 42 million Americans. Of these people, 2.4 million have schizophrenia. I am one of them. I was a molecular biology honors student at the University of Southern California before mental illness interrupted my life. I dropped out of school, refused contact with family, and became homeless for four years, spending the last year outside. Today, I am stable on my medication, and have been for eight years. I finished my molecular biology bachelor’s degree with honors and work in medical research again. I play violin for events and weddings and enjoy close relationships with family and friends. My memoir, Mind Estranged, 2014, shares my story of hope and full recovery.

        Bethany began studying violin at age seven. From 1995-1999, she was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, which performs in Severance Hall. In 1999, Bethany served as concertmaster of her university’s community orchestra. Following her recovery from schizophrenia, she began performing with other church musicians on violin and viola. Every spring, she participates in a small orchestra that performs excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. On October 25, 2014, Bethany shared her music with a group of psychiatrists and mental health professionals attending a Current Psychiatry magazine conference in Cincinnati.

What my Violin means to me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo-uE_7eLB0