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J. Peters

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.

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 roles in our recovery & ability to problem-solve difficult situations without incident. It is my professional experience as […]

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 a manic episode, you can transcend historical points of reference and religious symbolism/iconography prescribed by your belief system […]

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 an age-old debate on whether certain aspects of our success and/or failures is due in part to where […]

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 formula for resolving interpersonal battles? Guilt the person who is wrong into feeling some part in the creating […]

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 family we care for and we wonder where the line is drawn when it comes to caregiving or […]

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 bi-party solution to this age old divisive question in modern day mental health treatment. At the root of […]

The Power of Support

Written by Sabrina Johnson LMSW & Max Guttman LCSW This article is intended to showcase the power of support for people with a medical and psychiatric condition. We all need support in our lives. Obviously support and its power to create a space of safety & even asylum […]

Mental Health & Higher Education

Too many people carrying a mental health diagnosis in higher education are subject to discrimination, unfair and disproportionate disciplinary action & premature expulsion from campus life. While colleges have services for people with mental health disabilities, treatment programs, and on site consultation for community vendors providing assistance, the […]