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The Need to Include Experiences of Stigma in the Definition of “Psychosis:”

I contend that the negative power of a label is a significant part of a sufferer’s condition when they experience a “psychosis” or what I prefer to term a special message crisis. Indeed, many acknowledge that words like schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar lead people to being treated as though they have a hereditary brain disease with a poor prognosis that limits their ability to thrive.

Looking Backwards for Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Solutions for “Schizophrenia” Syndromes:

It was once suggested to me in a sociology class that sometimes we should be skeptical of advances in society. “Sometimes for the truth,” the professor with a nose ring exclaimed, “it is wiser to go back in time. Sometimes the wisdom in ancient societies can teach us a lot.”   Nowhere, in my opinion, … Continue reading Looking Backwards for Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Solutions for “Schizophrenia” Syndromes:

Reflections on a Hearing Voices Network Training

The Hearing Voices Network training that I attended in the end of January turned out to be a time for self-reflection and personal growth. I experienced a mixture of validation and a profound sense of alienation. One of the trainers, Marty, sensed this in me and asked me to reach out after the training was … Continue reading Reflections on a Hearing Voices Network Training

Reflections of a Bachelor

It offered stillness To a world That was so active Twirling tearfully Like numb-chucking Buzzards overwhelming Peripheral horizons; Its peace prevailed In the dim after hours: Dish rack in disciplined order, scant suds Loitering around the drain, counter Clear except for an occasional dish rag Somehow charismatic in its grunge.   A few hours earlier … Continue reading Reflections of a Bachelor

Using Writer’s Block to Sharpen my Writing Platform

Since I started writing my memoir ten years ago, I have not struggled with writer’s block. It’s true, I have produced drafts of my second book that were so bad, I scrapped them. But I was always able to use writing to help organize my thoughts without feeling defeated. Sure, I have taken a few … Continue reading Using Writer’s Block to Sharpen my Writing Platform

A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain of the Mental Health System

Twenty years ago, I experienced what might be termed a break from reality while I was working as a mental health worker. I worked in a last resort section 8 housing project that was rife with crime. It was called “The Hotel of Horrors” in an article in the local media. For six months, I … Continue reading A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain of the Mental Health System

Behavioral Solutions that Arise in Psychoses Focus Groups:

In creating a new definition for psychosis, I contend that we not only consider internal processes operating during a psychosis or special message crisis, but also external ones. Though much of the eight-part definition for psychosis I propose is in fact internal, the last three components are not. This article is about the first two … Continue reading Behavioral Solutions that Arise in Psychoses Focus Groups: