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2010-2020 A Decade of “Returns” and New Directions💫

As 2020 fast approaches, I can’t help but think its necessary to reflect on what was the most ambitious, self-directed, and awe-inspiring ten years of my life. There wasn’t a

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What exactly does it mean to be a peer?

The peer world is divided. Okay, so that’s not news. Either are the divisions within the mental health community on how to best advocate and push for better health care.

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Lost Chapter of UOW: Bombs over New London University

The next step in Contesting Admission seemed rather obvious to me. Pummel the English Department into submission. In the words of President George W. Bush, this will be “shock and

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Who exactly is J. Peters?

putting “language on notice” (University on Watch, J Peters) from now until the end of time

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This is the Ending I Always Wanted to Write for University on Watch

The dew on campus was moist with retribution. Jacques Peters kneeled on on the grass and felt the wetness of the grass between his fingers. “It’s over, I’ve won” Jacques

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The Revisionist: rise of the prosumer, axioms, and future directions in Mental Health Affairs

When I first began writing about mental health, and topics concerning my own experience with schizophrenia, I was a bit naive. I thought since I lived through “this”, meaning, the

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Mentally Ill in the Catskills of New York😇

I have traveled all over the world. Before, after, and during my most psychotic episodes, I have been privileged in the realm of touring, traveling and seeing the world at

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New “Lost Chapter” Chapter of University on Watch: Register Co-sign Arrest

Handcuffed in front of my house, with broken glass from my car all over the place, I knew I had entered into a whole new phase of contesting admission. This

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My Ferret Clausewitz and my last pet in Binghamton

My last pet in Binghamton was a ferret named Clausewitz. While I often don’t speak of Clausewitz openly anymore, I feel it is time to reflect on his memory. During

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I am J. Peters and this is my story: University on Watch👁

I am a rhetoric scholar and a person with lived experience with schizophrenia. I am also a prosumer. My identity aside, the status of Disability studies and narratives, memoirs, and

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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The Criminalization🚨of Mental Illness

There are a lot of articles out there all over the internet, newspapers, and mental health forums talking about the increasing violence in the community stemming from inadequate mental health

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Addressing Symptoms: Stilted Language, Perseveration, Word Salad

Anyone who knows me personally or professionally is aware of my love of language. As a person diagnosed with schizophrenia and a lover of language, the road to recovery and

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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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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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