LMax Guttman is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice in Ardsley, New York. Max’s battle with schizophrenia began at Binghamton University in his last semester of college. Max was discharged from Greater Binghamton State Hospital Center in July of 2008, after spending six months there. His recovery was swift, but not painless, and certainly difficult. Max refers to his stance on recovery in his journal articles as “Too big to fail.” No obstacle too big, no feat out of reach, Max let nothing stop him in his path to recovery and healing. While Max’s symptoms began during his last semester, he successfully graduated from college, and his diploma was waiting for him at home after his discharge from the hospital. On one of the newest intramuscular injections (IM) available, and after learning the true meaning of adherence, Max later went on to publish articles about the use of injectable medications to overcome his own symptoms. Through paranoia, hallucinations, and other symptoms of schizophrenia, Max didn’t let anything stop him from his return to academia, and writing. In his childhood, Max was a lover of language. When schizophrenia tried to rob him of his academic ability, Max fought back. With the use of medications and therapy, he finally regained his ability to communicate and to pursue his passions and dreams for higher education. Through his work as a social worker, therapist, and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in the system. He seeks to help those who are struggling with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses not just achieve stabilization but thrive. Max is relentless in his passion for helping people who find themselves vulnerable, and those without the ability to care for themselves. Today, Max teaches social work students at Fordham University to be leaders in their practice. Max is the author of University on Watch: Crisis in the Academy, which he published under the pen name J. Peters in 2019. Max writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into his work. Max blogs daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog and for other sites around the United States and Europe, bringing his passion for mental health to consumers everywhere.

Lost Chapter of University on Watch: The History of Rhetorical Theory

The success of Contesting Admission hinged upon my ability to make such waves in the English department that my status as a student could no longer be ignored. The department … Continue reading Lost Chapter of University on Watch: The History of Rhetorical Theory

Lost Chapter of University on Watch “The Dying Man”

After moving into my new home, I truly wanted to make it place of self-care, joy, and peace. Things went so poorly where I had previously resided, that I didn’t … Continue reading Lost Chapter of University on Watch “The Dying Man”

New “Lost Chapter” Chapter of University on Watch: Register Co-sign Arrest

Handcuffed in front of my house, with broken glass from my car all over the place, I knew I had entered into a whole new phase of contesting admission. This … Continue reading New “Lost Chapter” Chapter of University on Watch: Register Co-sign Arrest

What keeps me pushing forward?

I am field instructor for graduate and undergraduate student in social work going for their bachelors and masters degrees. I am also a professor of social work in a university. … Continue reading What keeps me pushing forward?

The Revisionist✍️

Far too many stories and firsthand accounts of recovery are terminal and end with a cure or picturesque life for the consumer of services or “sick” person. This recovery narrative … Continue reading The Revisionist✍️

The Trilogy 📚3️⃣

The time is upon us! I need to address the ongoing rumors circulating around my writing. Ever since I have announced a second novella, Small Fingernails, Even Less Love 💕 … Continue reading The Trilogy 📚3️⃣

When is sharing too much? Is oversharing a real thing?🗣

Ive been accused of a number of crimes, socially unacceptable behaviors, and litany of outrageous transgressions during the course of my mental illness. While the majority of the truly grotesque … Continue reading When is sharing too much? Is oversharing a real thing?🗣

🅱️iologic Theory

Research must be wholly beneficial to the public, it must be free and rife for regard for society. As a prosumer and mental health interventionist researcher, I have sought nothing … Continue reading 🅱️iologic Theory

Preventing, Predicting, & Dismantling Problems Ahead: The Early Warning System

The worst thing in the world is to have had the opportunity to fix or resolve a problem and to sit on one’s hands or let the chance pass us … Continue reading Preventing, Predicting, & Dismantling Problems Ahead: The Early Warning System

Food & Identity: Does A Mental health diagnosis change our relationship with food?

There is no question that food is apart of our identity. What we eat, how, when, where, and if we eat a particular food speaks to our culture, ethnicity, history, … Continue reading Food & Identity: Does A Mental health diagnosis change our relationship with food?

A Story of First Episode Psychosis: From Symptom Activation to Hospitalization

Symptom Activation Crossing into Broome County New York my vehicle was immediately pulled over by a state trooper. The trooper insisted that a car was weaving in and out of … Continue reading A Story of First Episode Psychosis: From Symptom Activation to Hospitalization

Allies in Recovery: Use and Overuse of Collateral Support

Burnout exists among practitioners & caregivers for those carrying a mental health diagnosis. Our allies, collateral contacts, and both natural and artificial supports are all susceptible to burnout. This presentation … Continue reading Allies in Recovery: Use and Overuse of Collateral Support

Chronic Illness & Recovery: Setting the Pace for Sustainable Healing

For people with a chronic illness and long standing mental health diagnosis finding the right pace for recovery & healing can be difficult and even misleading at times during the … Continue reading Chronic Illness & Recovery: Setting the Pace for Sustainable Healing