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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

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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

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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,

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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

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The Modern Psychiatric In-Patient Technician: Skilled Worker or Guard?

One of my earliest memories as an adolescent in an in-patient unit was the tall, stocky men brazenly hanging around the treatment areas, lounge, and nurses station. These people were

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Commitment to Care and Caregiving

RECOVERY FOR PEOPLE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS AND THOSE CARRYING A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS CAN BE A LIFETIME ENDEAVOR. GIVEN THE POWER OF SUPPORT, AND MORE PROFOUND EVEN, TO BE

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The Life & Times of a Person Carrying a Mental Health Diagnosis

There seems to be several types of mental health blogs on the market. Clinical blogs, peer blogs based on personal experiences, hybrid blogs which combine both aspects of recovery, and

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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

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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

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No Flowers for People with a Mental Health Disorder

When a person walks into a medical facility, hospital, or otherwise, they walk right past the gift shop. Usually, people walk right past it, just to ask someone else passing

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The Rise of the Health Czar

The Health Czar is the final solution to the mental health crisis in modernity The age old debate of governance extends into mental health and its administration, policy making, and

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Psychiatric Advanced Directives

I believe in healing & I believe in recovery. After surviving so many tragic circumstances and injuries, I fully understand how fragile life is and why we must protect ourselves

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Selfless Living

”soliciting my grandmother for money for a project and then, when she told my mother, I denied the event, blaming her misunderstanding of my behavior on her dementia…’ I’ve lived

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Disrupting the Cycle of Anger & Explosive Behavior

I can never figure out why people choose to be angry. It is a choice. As a therapist, I diagnose people with Intermittent Explosive disorder from the DSM 5. I

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The Future of Recovery Now❗️

“In doing so, the consortium has conscripted the Anointment of a Health Czar💂‍♀️…”   People around the globe are wondering what exactly is the future of Recovery Now? Across the

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The Admission of Guilt

We all have our regrets. I have suggested time and again our darkest hours can be re-framed as learning moments. This is impossible unless we admit we are wrong or

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Breakthrough Symptoms

People can be on the best medication targeting a mental health disorder and still experience disruptive symptoms. Breakthrough symptoms can be voices, delusions, paranoia or even depressive features that go

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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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