Tag: mental health

Learned Helplessness Must be Stopped🔴

One of my biggest struggles as a social worker in the human services is challenging learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is a phenomena in which clients, patients, or any person connected to a larger system becomes so conditioned by it that they begin to need…

MHBC LONDON 2018 🎩

There is no question that family participation in a person’s mental health treatment is beneficial and critical to manage the long-standing problems that surface during a person’s recovery from a mental health disorder. This message was communicated to my parents Jane and Frank Guttman…

Attention Seeking Behavior(s)🤳🏽

I have a profound fascination with attention seeking behavior(s). I am also profoundly clever at capturing the attention of my peers, family, and friends. Let’s be completely honest, some of know, without too much consideration and thought, exactly how to gain the attention of…

Kendra Died for US💝

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. I am an overweight Jewish man from New York State with an active schizophrenia diagnosis. I have been committed to involuntary treatment numerous times for different length of stays at both local and state…

Continuing Education 🔄

I was asked to write down three things I cannot live without on a piece of scrap paper for a seminar on interpretation. At that time, I was floridly psychotic, self-referential, tangential, and totally detached from what was happening to me, around me, and…

The Evil Therapist👹

The ethics of the helping profession and helping professionals are constantly under the radar. Help seekers, colleagues, and other professions in vastly different fields continue to question the ethics, values, and intentions of therapists and other helping professionals. I understand this suspicion aimed directly…

Interview with Author of the “V-papers” and founder of Mental Health Affairs, Max E. Guttman, LCSW

Interviewer: Please tell us, Max E., why do you insist on writing about mental health when it continues to be so widely talked about and covered by talented authors in recent years? Mr. Guttman: I write because my message continues to be different than…

Mortality-rates in Health & Medicine: Justifying Unnecessary Mental Health Interventions

There is no question people with a severe mental health diagnosis die on average of 15-20 years younger than the general populations. Studies continue to evidence further data suggesting the mortality gap is due to higher co-morbities with psychical diseases on account of unhealthy…

Open Letter to Search for Change (Mental Health Housing): SPOA service, and DCMH

Today I received a certified letter from my apartment building’s management company stating there is noise emanating from my studio during the day and late night hours. Without question, my neighbors directly underneath my studio contacted the management company and lodged a complaint. These…

Celebrating Support and Services for People with Disabilities (SSD)🎗

At the very end of my semester in undergraduate school, I attended a reception on campus in which I participated in honoring faculty that was special with and dedicated to people with disabilities. In my entire time as a student, I had never had…

University on Watch👀: Mental health, Concerns, and Hygiene

Sometimes, school crises erupt on college campus’s unexpectedly. Other times, there is a slow build up of tension before the crescendo. The crescendo can be violence, hate speech, or any number of plausible incidents that can manifest on a college campus. Ten years ago…

The Strategist🎱

There is very little myself or anyone knows about the life or even whereabouts of Dr. H today. I can only speak for ten years ago. And very little information, even from back then, explains how Dr. H became so involved in my life,…

The Changing of Signs🔮

I have said before that there is no universal way or signified to capturing or expressing in words the experience of psychosis. I might have been wrong about this claim. All of this depends on your definition of capture, and experience, to really inquire…

Locust lane Park🌳

At one point in the activation of my symptoms, particularly mania, I began driving endlessly and purposelessly, without general course or direction. Towards the more intense manic episodes, I would drive to self- soothe and unwind after spending 15 hour days on campus, in…

The Day I lost my Home🗯

This was to be the first semester of my graduate education in English. I had just completed 19 winter session credits across five universities in New York State. After this last semester with my friends still students at Binghamton, i would enter into a…

Rejected and/or “kicked-out” of Treatment: Untimely discharges and subpar linkages🔄

Finding the right treatment fit can be difficult. Not only are therapists important to try-on, so are facilities, programs, and treatment centers. This article evolves out of my experience in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, New York. St. Vincent’s was my treatment center for…

Collateral Support: Awarding Merit🎖and Citing Examples of Excellence in Friendship

I have not given enough credit to my friends whom have witnessed the most, and been exposed to the most traumatic times in my health and healing. I was never very healthy, as far as my mental health was concerned, in undergraduate school, but…

Recovery Now opens in Ardsley New York

At Recovery Now, our entire staff practices Evidence-Based Treatment and solution-focused therapy. Our individualIzed treatment approach aims to provide support and practical feedback as we help clients address current life challenges and long-standing issues. With compassion and understanding, we help individuals find resolution to…

Center-staging, displays, and untoward behavior

I have witnessed the most obscene, ornate, loud, and grandest displays from people I work with both clients and colleagues. Center-staging isn’t just about the magnitude and lengths gone through to create a circus around him or her. Instead, it is the seductive pull…

Dating💘 with a diagnosis☣️

When you have a preexisting label, “baggage”, and a mental health diagnosis, there is no question dating becomes more complicated than healthy courting. There are several reasons why finding a partner is more difficult when you are carrying a mental health diagnosis. Several questions…

The Mystique of Psychosis

Psychosis is experienced by people carrying its active constellation of corresponding and altogether unique symptoms differently. At different times, along a spectrum, psychosis symptoms exist in a dark harmony, sometimes feeding off one another, and sometimes, working in complete isolation. The spectrum intensifies in…

Addressing Symptoms: Extended Metaphors, Ideas-of-Reference

I was an English major in college. Like many students studying language, I loved words, meaning-making, and using rhetoric to both dazzle and re-orient my listener to whatever I was spitting out of my mouth. Indeed, like most students, and English majors, I loved…

Fully Alive💯

We all have impairments, limitations, and restrictions. However, choosing to live a full life despite our so-called deficits is critical to feeling happy, fulfilled, and complete. The task ahead then for most of us is how to think outside of our flaws and experience…

Socializing in the Hospital🏥

After being admitted to the hospital, and settling down on the the unit as best as possible, changing into hospital garb, there is little to do than to sit, wait for treatment team meetings, medication time, meals, and pace up and down the hallways….

The Peer Standard⚖️

There is an unspoken, invisible and arbitrary standard for being for every oppressed group living in the United States and everywhere discrimination goes without question. This social norm and standard of being exists even in the helping profession and the social welfare system for…