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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.

Can I Spit in your Lemon Cake?

During my first inpatient psychiatric experience as an adolescent I discovered that snack time was a crucial part of the day. Not only did snack time break up a monotonous schedule but it created an experience for patients in a hospital setting to enjoy, even savor the moment […]

Hope & Recovery

Create your action plan this very moment and get started walking your path to recovery now, today!  We all have it. We all need it to survive in this world. The problem for most of us is accessing it and discovering its importance in emboldening our steps towards […]

Total Recovery

  Everyday will be a fight. Everything a weapon in your arsenal against your illness.  Everything moving in the wrong direction? Is your health falling apart? Let’s be frank. Nobody ever said recovery or healing are easy things to do. In fact, progress and lasting gains to better […]

The Relapse Prevention Plan

We all have “setbacks”. I like to think of setbacks as learning moments. There are many ways of discovering new ways of understanding relapse, the re-activation of symptoms & your response to environmental triggers which may complicate your mental status further. The most important factor to keep in […]

Stigma: an Evolution and an Ending

  Fear, paranoia, discrimination, and unabashedly hostile attitudes are held against people carrying a mental health diagnosis. Stigma is alive today. This article is designed to arm readers with a critical skill set to disarm stigma in the mental health system and society at large. As the article […]

The New YOU!

We grow, evolve, and develop everyday. A diagnosis, a label, problem or challenge that surfaces in our life doesn’t mean your situation is any worse than it was before the obstacle you now face came into existence. More importantly, though, accepting you will never be “the old you, […]

Allies in Recovery: The Point Person 

Therapists, Case and Care managers come and go, but your recovery must go on and continue through staff changes with your provider and mental health agency. This article is intended to help readers select a point person within their natural supports networks that will carry the torch beyond […]

Your Inner Guidance System: Tuning-in

This article seeks to explore more advanced self-care strategies. Tuning-in to the self, and/or self-awareness, is one of the quintessential skills for knowing how to self-regulate effectively in stressful, unknown, and new unexplored situations. Knowing yourself, and how to balance and regulate your moods to keep a positive […]

On Self-Care: Monitoring our ADL’s

This article seeks to highlight the unquestionable importance of self-care in everyday life. Self-care is paramount to survival and this article will review the essential skills necessary to continue and maintain basic to complex life functions. While each of us individually have different job functions, and carry out […]