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J. Peters writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into his work. J 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.

Addressing Symptoms (P): Thought Broadcasting

The most ornate and complex set and manifestations of symptoms exist in the Schizophrenia and related psychosis family of mental health diagnoses. Schizophrenia has both positive and negative symptoms. The

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Relapsing: Surrendering Privileges

The best part of recovery is gaining access to new responsibilities, materials, information; and all the good things that come with stable living. Given that relapse is an inevitable part

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Clausewitz as a Recovery Model: Preparing for Definite Failure

At some point during your recovery you will be up against insurmountable odds pitted against your chances of success. This may be your doing, the aftermath of poor decisions, or

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The Living Room Model in Practice: Inside HDSW of Westchester

The Living Room model suggests that people in crisis are going to go the Emergency Room (ER/ED) if they cannot resolve the emergent dilemmas overwhelming them in the moment. These

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Recovery is a Privilege

So, when you encounter people in your life that need help: reach out to them. Point them towards the necessary resources they will need to continue living without bounds

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NAMI doesn’t Speak for US

“So, when I say, or hear, that NAMI doesn’t speak for us, it is because they speak for my mother, my father, my brother, but not me” The Mental Health

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The Commodification of Empathy: How Authenticity is Packaged for Consumption in the Mental Health System

We want counselors, therapists & peers to be authentic. But what does that really mean in the context of systems of care? Authenticity is commonly defined as true to own’s

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Living in Two Worlds: Navigating the Intersections of Health and Healing

“It was at that very moment I re-discovered the power of defining new words in the context of our histories can, if taken seriously, create entire worlds and a lifetime

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Community Health re-discovered: Addendum on the New Gold Standard

The rise of the Modern Health Home and fall of the silos gestures to the system’s attempt at integrating care, but, like most new turns treatment, the outcomes reflected the clumsy practices of the care management philosophy and regulations

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Addressing Symptoms: Functional Impairments

We all have our limitations. Some of them more visible to the naked eye, others, more covert, and hidden away from the public but regardless still an internal struggle we

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Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail Undeniably, our support systems, both natural, and artificial, play a vital role in our health & capacity to heal from sickness. Our supports have several important

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TRANSFORMATIVE PATHWAYS FOR INDENTIFYING CONCERNS IN THE HUMANITIES: CONTESTING ADMISSION

The 10 year Anniversary Edition  Max E. Guttman has “no purpose or reason {} for being {} in the department” (The People of New the State of New York VS. Max

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The Jewish Ghetto Police & Today’s Peer Professional: The Psychology of Complicity

Background: Today’s peer professional in Mental Health systems of care share a similar psychological bend with the Jewish Ghetto Police or Jüdische Ghetto-Polizei. This unit was an auxiliary police force

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Motivation, Planning & Transformation: Reaching our Goals

Some call it growth and others say it’s maturation. Unquestionably any personal or professional advancement necessitates the evolution of the self. We all seem to at some point in our

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Addressing Symptoms: Mania

Mania can seem like the best high in the world. Mania is all intoxicating. Mania can make you believe and buy into fantasies of all shapes, sizes and forms. During

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Living in Two Worlds: Addendum on Conflict and Stigma

Co-Authored By Sabrina Johnson LMSW Working as a mental health professional with lived experience I had to make a choice whether I would go into peer work or be a

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Addressing Symptoms: The Birth of the Delusional System and Bizarre Thoughts (Fixed & Solvent)

Delusions put the crazy in madness and mental health disorders. This means, simply, when we think he or she is “out there” and “nuts” it’s delusional systems that we are

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Our Community & Mental Health

Where we live, grow up, work, and spend our time impacts our chances for success and ultimately survival in the world. Ever hear the expression: Person versus environment. It is

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Audio, Visual & Tactile Hallucinations: The Violent Collision of the Subconscious With Reality

One of the most canonical features or symptoms of mental illness is the hallucination. There are many known presentations of hallucinations. Some of them are one voice or noise. It

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Legal Story: Voices of the Locomotively-Impaired left Unanswered in New York State

Public Transportation in New York State, in particular busing, is a county wide initiative. New York State Department of Transportation services a multitude of individuals, according each respective municipality delineating

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Owning it

Sometimes, as people, we hurt others. Regardless if it’s intentional or not, we are supposed to accept personal responsibility for our actions. My question is: should this always be the

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Dignity in Risk & Risk of Harm

Unquestionably, the spectrum between negligence and overprotection carries with it serious implications in clinical & peer professional practice in mental health. Even in our personal lives, we have friends and

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The War on Diagnosis

There is no question that in the mental health system peers and clinicians are divided on the issue of diagnosis. As a peer and a clinician I will suggest a

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The Future of Peer Movement: A House Divided Cannot Stand

“A house divided cannot stand” Abraham Lincoln They are familiar words that defined a period in this nations history that defined the future and course of world history. These words

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