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The Politics Of Mental Illness

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Mahatma Ghandi.
Here is an excerpt from my book 'More Than The Madness', "In my experience it seems if you’re poor they will call you “crazy” and most likely you will wind up in a state institution or worse, a prison. If you’re middle class you suffer from a “chemical imbalance,” and you will most likely get adequate treatment....
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Mental Health

Ugly Like Me! A Blog On MS

When I first heard Jamie Tripp Utitus name for the blog I was quite perplexed. Jamie is a middle aged woman who suffers from MS or Multiple Sclerosis. She is a very nice person and not ugly in any way or fashion. But then...
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dual diagnosis

Addiction and Drunk Driving

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” Would that more people would heed these cheeky, wise words from Dean Martin! However, drunk driving remains a hugely dangerous problem in this country.

According to CDC statistics, impaired driving takes the lives of 28 people in...
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Mental Health

Be Yourself

"Don't know which one is worse, doing your own thing or just being cool." Bob Dylan

I vividly remember as a child that I didn't fit in. I was always on the outside looking in, far from being cool or accepted. Being the shortest boy in the class really didn't help much. I was bullied by older children much larger in size. Perhaps I was tougher pound for pound but I was very low in weight so...
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Mental Health

Sins Of Your Father

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father," God

When we are young we often question the rules that we must abide by. Injustice looms large as we with envy examine the situation of somebody who got it better than us. Still when we are being raised there is something more profoundly fundamental going on. By means of observation we are learning the behaviors, methods and attitudes of...
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Mental Health

The Morning After

"There's got to be a morning after 
If we can hold on through the night 
We have a chance to find the sunshine 
Let's keep on looking for the light"  Maureen McGovern 

I remember my college days in the fraternity when I was a lost soul seeking the solace of alcohol every day of the week. I would spend the nights intoxicating my brain, self medicating myself struggling to endure through the intense pain of life. But thank...
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Mental Health

My Warning Signs That I Am Going Manic

  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

I found that almost nobody wants to go into a psychiatric hospital. The rare exceptions are the homeless. One time I was in a hospital and somebody from New Orleans was there seeking refuge from hurricane Katrina. He only stayed several days as his problem wasn't a psychiatric condition but rather a social condition of homelessness.
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Evil

The Tragedy Of Charles Manson

"I can't dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven't got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you." Charles Manson 

Who exactly is Charles Manson? To many the quick answer is mass murderer. That however is far to simplistic an answer. Charles Manson...
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Mental Health

Why?

"What would be the answer to the answer man?" Grateful Dead

Why? I am sure it is a question that every human being has asked in their life time. Why do bad things happen to me? Why in this world is there so much suffering...
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Mental Health

Defining Self

If you could choose only one word to define yourself, what would it be? 

I would refuse to answer such a question. I am a complex human being with multiple facets of my being. However in my past, when I was in the midst of my most difficult time of my mental illness, that I would have a ready answer in my mouth. That would be "I'm crazy". Please don't do...
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Anger

Addiction and Emotional Abuse

“The truth is that the few times he was physical with me were tiny blips on a long timeline of subtle manipulation, public humiliation, controlling behavior and gaslighting.” So writes Leigh Stein of her abusive boyfriend in her Washington Post essay, He Didn’t Hit Me. It Was Still Abuse.

Despite the deeply painful impact of emotional abuse, many people don’t grasp its significance. There are no bruises and broken bones, so does it really “count”?

Our answer: it certainly does. Emotional abuse is real, and...
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Mental Health

Courage To Continue

If you try I can't guarantee you will succeed but if you don't try you've failed already.

What is your dream? Everybody has some kind of desire even if it is a fantasy. If you could wish for anything what would it be?
A Dream Verses A Fantasy
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Mental Health

My Window To Dementia

Bipolar- My window to dementia

When I first went to the psychiatric hospital over thirty years ago I was not looking for long term benefits to reap from my mental illness. Instead I was looking for a way to come to terms with the traumatic experience. I was fixated on day to day survival and trying to make some sense of the madness. Little did I know that my...
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Mental Health

Freeing Yourself In Forgiveness

"Every road has some trouble in it- that's life." FeatherLeaf

The topic for today is forgiveness and how by forgiving others you could improve your mental health.

What Forgiveness Isn't



Forgiveness isn't minimizing or dismissing the wrong done to you.
Forgiveness isn't justifying the wrong done to you.
Forgiveness isn't surrender.
Above all forgiveness isn't weakness.

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Mental Health

The Psychology Of Manipulation

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." George Orwell

'If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." Malcolm X 

The best illustration of mind control is perhaps in small cults. Usually the cults have some charismatic leader that the adherents follow blindly. They will swear by this person and give them attributes worthy only of God Himself....
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