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Straight Outta State Hospital

Instead of being afraid and promoting symptom suppression, we need to refine public understanding of what psychosis is: something to which most of us can relate. We need to open up dialogue about the emergency state and to challenge the medicalized cultural delusion that these experiences lead to irreversible brain damage. Finally, we need to learn to call upon to shamanic teachers who know how to live well with psychosis for help.

As someone with over twenty years of experience as a provider, I am still haunted by the fact that six years in, I found myself warehoused for three months in a state hospital. The two years of crisis I went through during and after my incarceration was a challenge. In fact, it was so bad, I wrote an award-winning book about it.

Across Diagnostic Categories!
Whether you are a sufferer, survivor, provider or loved one, I am almost certain that when we look across diagnostic categories that more people relate to these experiences than you think!

What Will People Think?
When a person first experiences a psychosis or special message emergency, many think a threshold has been crossed from which there is no going back. Often, associates presume the worst possible outcome and go on with their lives as if the sufferer no longer exists.

Treatment?
Often, the focus of treatment is overly protective reality checks and behavioral control. Many experts do not know what to do and utilize an institutional system that does not work and can make things worse. They may vastly underestimate what the sufferer can learn and accomplish.

Letter To New York Daily News

Dear Editors: I wanted to thank the Daily News for covering the Deborah Danner shooting in a way that bears witness to experiences of stigma, oppression, and extreme isolation that Ms. Danner went through. As a licensed mental health practitioner who has been exceedingly lucky to be able to provide services to extraordinary individuals like […]

The Special Messages Project

LEARNING QUESTIONS Learning Question One: How do in-reach efforts that connect residents of board and care homes, single room occupancy (SRO) hotels and unlicensed boarding houses to social and recreational opportunities in and outside of the facility reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for isolated adults and older adults with serious mental illness? […]

Learning Life’s Lessons in the Least Likely of Places

I look out the window feeling like I am straight out of the mental institution as my wife’s SUV pulls off the freeway toward the Marriot Hotel. We are on our way to visit my wife’s dear friend and goddaughter at an Irish Dance competition. I know I will be feeling straight out of it: […]

The Day the Bomb Dropped

And so I’m hanging with my main man, Dan Who can’t afford rent, dignity now inept, Cause federal subsidy is a damn scam! And we imagine shelterless street sultans Rooting through boarding home shanties, stench swept And so I’m hanging with my main man, Dan And he curses disability program, Cursing the fate that he […]