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Welcome to Coming Out Crazy

I’d like to welcome you to our new blog, “Coming Out Crazy” with Sandy Naiman. It’s a pleasure to have her join us here at Psych Central. With years of journalistic experience and mental health advocacy,

20 thoughts on “Welcome to Coming Out Crazy

  • May 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Psych Central is lucky to have you, Sandy.

    I’m looking forward to reading your gems here, as I gain new insights with laughter and tears.

    Good luck!

    • May 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Dearest Robin,

      Psych Central and Coming Out Crazy are a perfect marriage of minds, values, goals, dreams and ethics. As you well know, some things are Bashert and this is one of them. It comforts me to know that you are not only close-by geographically, but virtually, too.

      I will do my best to provide new insights with laughter and tears.

      Sending gratitude and affection,

  • May 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Welcome, Sandy! As a periodic contributor to your previous blog site, I know that your efforts at opening up constructive dialogue, and at providing informative educational material on matters of mental health, will be greatly appreciated!

    Best regards,
    Ron Pies MD

    • May 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      Hello, Ron…

      Well, here we are again. Sharing a blog. I am deeply grateful for all your support and wisdom, guidance and “contributions” over the years that we’ve known each other and worked together. What a team we are…

      I hope our relationship will continue here, that way, too. Your comments are so kind and generous. I will treasure them and I thank you.

      Also, I will endeavour to live up to your assessment of my work. Perhaps even do more and better.

      That is my goal.

      All my best,

  • May 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Sandra,

    Heartfelt thanks! Isn’t this great? Now we’re on the same team. I’m utterly thrilled.

    All the best,

  • May 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Welcome Sandy!

    • May 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Leslie.

      I appreciate your kindness and look forward to our getting acquainted.

      Speak soon!

  • May 4, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Yippee! A new home for a great blog . . . Sandy’s a brightly shining star in the mental health firmament. I’m a mental health comet so from time to time,I encounter Sandy along my orbit. We both try to illuminate people’s puzzlement about mental health issues . . . . Remember what the wise men did in the Christmas story? Yup, they followed the shining star . . . . .maybe some of mental health’s wise men would benefit from following this blog!

  • May 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Mazel Tov Sandy!

    I agree that this is beshert. Congratulations and I look forward as always to checking in, learning, growing, crying, laughing … purely enjoying your blog and all your amazing fans.


  • May 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Hi, Robert, ole boy…

    It’s your Skype pal here. What a keen and ebullient welcome. Profound thanks. We must meet in the stratosphere for “close encounters” more often. (Thank you, Mr. Spielberg.)

    As you’ve been a shining star in the mental health firmament far longer than I have, I simply glow in your starlight. I love reading you, your books, your blogs, all about you and I think of you often.

    Sending shooting stars of gratitude to you in your galaxy. 🙂

    With affection,

  • May 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm


    Congrats on the new blog! I know I am late to the party but what a great voice to have on psychcentral I look forward to reading and discussing with you,


  • May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the warm welcome. No one is ever too late for my parties. All are welcome, always.

    You cannot ever be late here where the process is ongoing. Always.


  • May 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

    This is going to be great! Can’t wait to read your blog.

    • May 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Hello, Tamara…

      It’s lovely to hear from you and I love your enthusiasm.

      I hope that I don’t disappoint you, but hey… we’re in this together, right?

      If I do, I trust you’ll be the first to let me know.

      Sending welcoming wishes to you and profound thanks for writing.

      You make me feel that everything is going to be fine, right?

      Cheerio, for now…

      P.S. I just had a look at your blog and I love it. “Silver Lining” … what a great name. You capture my spirit. Amazing. Or perhaps, I capture yours.

      That must be it!


  • May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm


    I look forward to reading your blog! God bless you!
    Pastor Brad

    • May 11, 2010 at 6:31 am

      Thank you, Pastor Brad…

      Hope is the fundamental for recovery. For getting up in the morning and facing the day.

      I am happy you’ve joined our community and look forward to your participation in our ongoing discussions.

      All my best,

  • May 11, 2010 at 1:07 am

    What an unfortunate title for the blog. I am certain there will be people offended by it. You should re-think that one.

    • May 11, 2010 at 6:23 am

      Hi F286,

      I am sorry you find the title of my blog offensive. Though you are not the first person ever to express this point of view, you are the first person thus far out of all commenters at Psych Central to express this opinion and I agree, I am sure you will not be the last. I respect your opinion, though you have not revealed what it is specifically about the title of this blog that offends you. Or why.

      Nonetheless, you are entitled to your opinions and feelings and I respect your honesty and courage in expressing them. In this case, however, we are going to have to agree to disagree. “Coming Out Crazy” will remain the title of my blog and over the next short while, I will be explaining why I chose it.

      You might also consider, if you haven’t already, reading other posts here beyond the one called About Coming Out Crazy as they might give you additional insights about the name of this blog and why it is so central to its ethos and to me, personally. Indeed, to all people who are frightened about living with a diagnosis of a mental illness and may feel in some way marginalized by their diagnoses. Who want to feel and be treated like anyone else, like human beings.

      All human beings are born equal. None is the same. Different perhaps, but not less than anyone else. All human beings are unique. As Temple Grandin said in her talk on “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” and in the fine biopic about her life, “I may be different, but not less.”

      Additional insights will unfold here, as time goes on. I’ve only just begun. I hope this helps even though I am sure it is not the answer you may have expected.

      I thank you sincerely for expressing this point of view and opening up the dialogue.

      Wishing you well,

  • May 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks, Sandy, for giving functioning voice to brain wires, all types. I’ve was recently diagnosed with P.T.S.D. and O.C.D. What a relief after the struggle all these years in NOT knowing. I have a whole new way of operating in this world–and like it better– now that I am being totally honest with myself AND others. No more shame and hiding! Medication has altered my life for the better.


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