Initial Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        Outskirts Press Releases New Memoir About Surviving a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia: Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee   In the frontiers of America’s mental health institutions, fighting for freedom can become very personal. September 24, 2015 – Denver, CO and Oakland, CA – In Fighting for Freedom in America, … Continue reading Initial Press Release

Stigma

Jargonizing the Stigma Concept: Stigma is a mysterious external process that becomes internal that all message receivers face. Though stigma works in many different ways, I think it is particularly astounding and deceptive that it is not considered part of the definition of all forms of schizophrenia disorders. In my mind including it in the … Continue reading Stigma

Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

When people seek mental health services from me, I routinely break what was once a cardinal sin to me early on in my recovery; I review my diagnostic history. I do this with love in my heart to help inspire recovery, however, in the process, the “s” word, “schizophrenia,” will bubble up. I do this … Continue reading Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

Nine Social Skills Continued

Nine Social Skills I Developed for Myself: Though in developing these social skills, I initially took a stab at writing from a universal perspective, I have had enough experience running them by people in groups to recognize that many of these are personal. Mad people are very diverse. As a result, the following are meant … Continue reading Nine Social Skills Continued

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

Retaliation Reactions

Jargonizing the Retaliation Reaction Construct: This chapter’s construct consists of natural reactions that come up for message receivers as a result of acting as though their message experiences are the dominant reality. Retaliation reactions can be as minor as a facial response: a glare, or a laugh; and in more dramatic occasions can involve actions … Continue reading Retaliation Reactions

Positive Self-Fulfilling Prophesies

Self-Fulfilling Prophesies in All Aspects of Culture: The spiritual concept of the positive self-fulfilling prophesy, which represents things like prayer and faith, is pivotal for message receiver and arguably for anyone dealing with trauma.  As many people I have worked with have pointed out, the concept is present in the Bible and, I believe, in … Continue reading Positive Self-Fulfilling Prophesies

On a Writer’s Need for Acknowledgement

Ever since I finally, at the age of forty-three, published some of my writing, I've found that I am particularly prone to pain again. Ever since, each morning I have woken up driven to find ways to get people to read my book. A year and a month later, I have primarily had to pay … Continue reading On a Writer’s Need for Acknowledgement