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:

Using Writer’s Block to Sharpen my Writing Platform

Since I started writing my memoir ten years ago, I have not struggled with writer’s block. It’s true, I have produced drafts of my second book that were so bad, I scrapped them. But I was always able to use writing to help organize my thoughts without feeling defeated. Sure, I have taken a few … Continue reading Using Writer’s Block to Sharpen my Writing Platform

A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain of the Mental Health System

Twenty years ago, I experienced what might be termed a break from reality while I was working as a mental health worker. I worked in a last resort section 8 housing project that was rife with crime. It was called “The Hotel of Horrors” in an article in the local media. For six months, I … Continue reading A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain of the Mental Health System