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Archives for June, 2015

Coping Skills

The Struggle to Relate to People As a Person With Schizophrenia

There’s a disconnect between me and you. I don’t know if you can sense it but it’s glaringly obvious to me. I don’t know if you’re looking at me and analyzing my speech patterns. I don’t know if you can hear the wobbling nervousness in my voice but I can, and it’s all I can think about.

I don’t know if you’re looking at my eyes and the contact their making with yours. I don’t...
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Daily Living

Freedom To Be Who You Are Should Be Guaranteed

This week’s news about gay marriage has been a landmark in the history books. I kept thinking yesterday as I scrolled the news articles and saw all my friends posting stuff about it on Facebook that I was witnessing history.

It was a strange feeling.

In the decision, the supreme court effectively told a large subset of the American public that they were free to be themselves, that they were free to engage in the normalcies...
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Daily Living

Why Pride is Good

I don’t like to brag, in fact, I hate it. Humility is a much better virtue to have than pride but sometimes we can forget the things we’ve done.

Sometimes we can forget all of the amazing things we’ve accomplished simply because we’re so focused on the next big thing.

We all have goals, we all have an image of what we want our lives to be like and so many times we think doing the...
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Coping Skills

Wrapping Your Head Around the Relationship Game

I wrote about manipulation a couple weeks ago and that topic has been on my mind quite a bit the last few weeks.

I’m single, I have been for awhile and these last few weeks have been the first time in a while I haven’t at least had some prospects.

Dating is hard enough but dating with schizophrenia is even harder.

I wrote on this in the NY Times last week and the crux was that I...
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Coping Skills

Why it’s Important to Let Go of the Hustle

For the last few years I’ve been working really hard, maybe too hard. Everyday was a flurry of writing and when I wasn’t doing that I was pitching stories to editors at different magazines or working on my book or trying to find something, anything that would help supplement the small income I get from SSI.

I’ve had the dream for years of buying a house in the mountains but when I realized that...
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Coping Skills

We All Manipulate People, What if We Didn’t?

In reading a column about prayer and prosperity in religion this week, it occurred to me that there are times when I try to manipulate people.

The column was talking about using prayer as a way to manipulate God into giving you what you want, specifically wealth. Though I could write a whole other column on the fact that that seems wrong, I won’t.

I’m still kind of ambivalent about religion but I like to explore...
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