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J. PETERS  is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice. Mr. Peters’s battle with schizophrenia began at Binghamton University in his last semester of college.

Mr. Peters 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. Jacques refers to his stance on recovery in his journal articles as “Too big to fail.” No obstacle too big, no feat out of reach, Jacques let nothing stop him in his path to recovery and healing. While Mr. Peter’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, Jacques 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, Mr. Peters didn’t let anything stop him from his return to academia, and writing. In his childhood, Mr. Peters was a lover of language. When schizophrenia tried to rob him of his academic ability, Mr. Peters 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. Mr. Peters is relentless in his passion for helping people who find themselves vulnerable, and those without the ability to care for themselves.

Today, Jacques Peters 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, Small Fingernails: Even Less Love (2019), Wales High School: First Diagnosis (2020) and Wales Middle School: the Rise of J. Peters (2020)

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.


On episode 7 of Behind the Mind, Max Guttman joins the show to share his experiences with schizophrenia and details the adversity he overcame to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He also shines light on the common misconceptions about schizophrenia and the manner in which the disorder can be treated. This was one of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard, and I can’t thank Max enough for his bravery and willingness to help me reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

The Mental Breakdown and Psychreg Podcast! Dr. Berney and Dr. Marshall interview Max Guttman

Maxwell Guttman, mental health advocate and author, shares about his lived experience of schizophrenia.


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