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:

Simple Formulas for Surviving Complex Trauma Over the Holidays

In these happier days, I am extremely thankful to have my wife and my dog with me. This Thanksgiving we have escaped the urban psychiatric backward upon which I work for a few days in Lake Tahoe. Still complex trauma must be managed. I am bound to have unpleasant holiday memories bubble up, no matter … Continue reading Simple Formulas for Surviving Complex Trauma Over the Holidays

Using “Schizophrenia” to Find A Soul Mate:

 Finding a relationship when you struggle with mental health challenges can be hard for a host of different reasons. Depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal struggles can make relationships very challenging. There is stigma attached to each of these conditions and many avoid contact and fail to see other great qualities that the sufferer brings to … Continue reading Using “Schizophrenia” to Find A Soul Mate:

Why Lived Experience and Curiosity Deserve Your Respect:

  Sometimes I think therapy practitioners and mental health administrators don’t really think about what they are doing when they adhere to industry standards in trying to promote mental health for those marginalized in the mental health system. Whether working in the mental health system, administering mental health programs, or working out of their own … Continue reading Why Lived Experience and Curiosity Deserve Your Respect:

Demystifying Complex Trauma for Therapists

We all know that ending a secreted abuse and getting public support is an important element of healing. Indeed, it is nice when society comes to the rescue as they did to victims when the world trade towers fell. When victims sense they are supported there is more opportunity for resilience, heroism, and healing.   … Continue reading Demystifying Complex Trauma for Therapists

Spiritual Emergence 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 … Continue reading Spiritual Emergence in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System

Disassociation 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 Disassociation Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels