About me


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Suzanne Patterson and son, Marco Alfonso at age 19

I am the mother of a son who committed suicide at age 21 after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and put on a high dose of anti-psychotic drugs for one year. His suicide was devastating to me and set me on the path I have been on ever since. I owe it to Marco who tried so hard, to help save the lives of other young people with schizophrenia now. All of my life experiences have given me the talents and abilities to meet this task.

Since his suicide I have done extensive research at UCLA biomedical library and from interviews with Dr. Jose Mackliff, a dedicated clinician and psychiatrist in Guayaquil Ecuador who did 30 years of self-funded research on his schizophrenia patients in a hospital for which he was the ward director which resulted in the B.E.A.M procedure.

After carefully documenting his research, Dr. Mackliff began doing B.E.A.M (Bilateral electro-coagulation Adrenal Medullas) surgeries on patients with schizophrenia in 2007 and has done 100 surgeries to date. The results have been astounding! After only 72 hours all of the symptoms of schizophrenia disappeared and the person was able to speak and act normally. It should be said here that it took one year of family support and tapering off of the anti-psychotics before the patient was able to feel completely recovered.

All of the talents, abilities and personal character the person had before schizophrenia could be restored and especially, a life worth living. My blog OnlyTheDifficult.org is a voice for Dr. Mackliff’s work and for support to families with children with schizophrenia. Please follow my blog and comment often. I welcome your comments, questions and interactions.

Publisher and Author

I have published a book and a documentary film. Please view! and share with your friends!

A Life Worth Living – Alternative Treatment for Schizophrenia

A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia

Suzanne A. Patterson, Film Producer and Author

Only The Difficult Productions