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Mental Health

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

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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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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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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Anxiety

What I’ve Learned by Stopping My Meds and Starting Again


“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew Solomon, The...
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Mental Health

The Mature Me, Myself & I

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil?

I heard a lot about Hillary Clinton's book "What Happened?" Apparently she covered a lot of reasons why she didn't win the 2016 presidential election. She blamed the , Bernie Sanders, the Russians, being a woman, the emails, why the list went on. From my understanding, everybody and everything got scrutinized except herself. That is the biggest mistake that a person can make!
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Mental Health

Strategy Against Suicide

Suicide is best tomorrow, if you remember that tomorrow never comes. 

I am confident the every single person who suffers from clinical depression has given serious thought to committing suicide. In fact I am confident that almost every human being who has walked on the face of the Earth has thought about ending it all from time to time. You are not alone in the world, there are people who care about you...
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Forensic Mental Health Hope


A beautiful and moving video featuring the spoken word poem "Matt" performed by Andre Fenton, about a forensic mental health success story. Filmographer Steaphanie Young added great imagery as well.

The video was produced by Principal Investigator Dr Jamie Livingston...
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Mental Health

The Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Done

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

When this question is asked to a person with mental illness be prepared for something unusual. People who suffer from psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, sometimes have very poor judgment or low inhibitions. That is they will do things without a care, that most people wouldn't ever dare venture to attempt. One thing from my life, that jumps out right away, would be hitch hiking across the...
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The Law Of The Lemons

The Law Of The Lemons

When life gives your lemons there’s one thing to do of course,

Pick them lemons up and chuck them back at the source!

Welcome everybody to my new blog!

Let’s face it in life success takes hard work and dedication. It doesn’t matter what profession or vocation one is in, you got to put the hours and hard work in to succeed. We only go through life once so we should make...
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