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My Reason for Investing in the Concept of a Brand

I’ve never thought much about it, but maybe the fact that I attract few friends and develop mostly adversaries is a disadvantage in my life as a writer. Historically, I have used this kind of rejection and disinterest to increase my focus on the craft. At a certain point, I stopped trying to get others … Continue reading My Reason for Investing in the Concept of a Brand

Speaking Event, May 1

I will be presenting a workshop at the annual California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies. This will be the first part of my six hour training that can be downloaded here: Training Powerpoint. CASRA is an important local resource that has supported me over the years.  Click to view  2019 Flyer

Growing Up with Complex Trauma in an Era of Misinformation:

I grew up in the mental health system when Prozac was the new craze. Prozac was the second drug I took and within three years there was the new field of psychopharmacology. By that time, getting the right combo became quite the rave. What that meant there was little to no exploration of the role … Continue reading Growing Up with Complex Trauma in an Era of Misinformation:

Three Voices Podcast

Click to hear podcast   TIM DREBY, PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND SPECIAL MESSAGE RECEIVER Tim Dreby is an award-winning author, a licensed and practicing therapist with a master's in counseling psychology. He is a peer who experienced symptoms of schizophrenia later in life. We talk about this time in his life including how it was useful to … Continue reading Three Voices Podcast

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