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 … Continue reading I Fought Against Mental Health Warehousing, And . . .
I feel sorry for my English professor who wanted to put my essay up for an award! The glare I gave him and the lack of response: it was, at its best, very rude. The fact is, I only learned it bothered him because my best friend who was fifteen years older than me … Continue reading Maintaining a Write-to-Live Attitude in the Social Media Era
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 … Continue reading The Issue of Medication for Madness
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
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
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:
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
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