I Wash My Hands in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System

What was emerging now was different than anything I had experienced prior. I had just gotten support from relationships I had built over the past year at the Quaker meeting-for-worship. Maybe my situation at work had been getting whispered about among my friends. Maybe my spirit was exuding a sense of desperation. Either way, I’d … Continue reading I Wash My Hands in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System

Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels

Warning: Graphic Content   “I have heard real stories,” said my female therapist, “of men doing graphic and horrible things to women. I don’t think based on what you just told me, there is any justification for any accusation whatsoever. I think you have been saying a lot of hurtful things.”   I figured my … Continue reading Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels

My Story of Mental Health Warehousing

I was a skinny and reluctant social worker when I first started out. I was working through an eating disorder. Initially, I didn’t really believe that taking home a middle-class salary for nickel and diming those less fortunate was my idea of contributing to the world. I guess, I’d gotten the idea that that was … Continue reading My Story of Mental Health Warehousing

The Issue of Medication for Psychosis

The issue of whether to take medication or not can be a difficult one. While medication may work well for some, it may do little for others. This syncs with the fact that experiences associated with psychosis are vast and varied. People who suffer are very diverse, and causation remains nebulous. I believe that causation … Continue reading The Issue of Medication for Psychosis

Learning Disabilities and Psychosis

Never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long I never heard the melody until I needed the song . . . . . . I never I spoke “I love you” till I cursed you in vain Never felt my heart strings until I nearly went insane                                                             --Tom Waites, San Diego Serenade … Continue reading Learning Disabilities and Psychosis

Writing for Mental Health: Six Basic Considerations

I like to think that I could recommend writing to some other people who have been subjected to a diagnostic labeling process that diminishes their hopes and potential. Indeed as emotional tension pulses through my back and appendages, I have found few other outlets that are there for me like the mixing and mastering letters. … Continue reading Writing for Mental Health: Six Basic Considerations

A Vacation Day for a Schizophrenic:

Fifteen years ago, I remember hearing a psychiatrist who had just been away for two weeks say, “There is no such thing as a vacation when you are schizophrenic!” As an unlicensed professional vying to get a staff position on the unit, I had carefully avoided rolling my eyes. I had politely nodded my head … Continue reading A Vacation Day for a Schizophrenic:

When the Public Studies Mass Murder

January 7, 2017: I sit stunned in the wake of the tragedy of yesterday’s Fort Lauderdale shooting. As statements appear in the press that insinuate that these evil acts need to be avenged, I grieve for the senseless loss of life.  I grieve and I also wonder if anyone cares to understand the dilemmas that … Continue reading When the Public Studies Mass Murder