For Family Members Category

Reflections on the Use of Leverage in Treating Psychosis:

When I was in psychosis, or what I prefer to call message crisis, I was extremely angry when my family used leverage to force me into treatment. For starters, they contacted the police and supported a three-month hospitalization that kept me from seeking asylum in Canada. I concluded that they were a mafia family and […]

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The Need to Dismantle Industry Constructs (Part Three)

When I think back to my twenty-two-year career working with other providers, my mid-career first-break, and the things that helped me recover, like my dog, I know for sure that the standard of care needs is a disservice to those who experience madness. Many people who have breaks from reality get that permanent housing trajectory […]

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How the Privilege of Generativity Helped Me Accept My Family (Part Two)

My three-month psychiatric incarceration seemed to be aimed at discrediting me after I had leaked newspaper stories. On my way to Canada to seek asylum, I was stopped by police. I evaded them for three days through rural towns and surrendered one midnight, from a ditch on a mountain pass. It was hard for me […]

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The Need to Plan for Your Loved Ones Recovery (Part One)

  In the United States, when a person has what is often referred to as a first break, the courses of action that get taken against them may end up being a crime against their humanity. While there can be very diverse responses from family and friends, there is the unfortunate tendency to turn to […]

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