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Wales High High School: First Diagnosis

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Sometimes a school crisis erupts on a high school campus unexpectedly. Other times, there is a slow build-up of tension before the crescendo, and that crescendo can be hate speech or any number of incidents. Twenty years ago, I was a student in crisis at Wales Academy. Although I was more in tune with the momentum of chaos and cause for concern, I was adamant that my action was justified and that I was a healthy teenager.

I fully believed that everyone around me misunderstood my behavior and my thinking when it came to my day to day interactions in school and my larger plan to make more friends.

J. Peters (Wales High School)

“Wales High School: First Diagnosis” is a front-row view of High School in the early 2000s during the rise of the millennial in a high school setting. Amid this new era in America for young adults hoping to one day transition to higher education, Jacques Peters and his makeshift group of friends, acquaintances, and enemies from within his social group will make visible some critical questions for aging youth: 1) why are friendship and healthy connections so crucial in adolescent development? 2) what is healthy in the context of adolescent development when passion, mood, and thoughts are all as enmeshed as they were in the student body at Jacques small high school in Wales Academy. This book will get underneath the root of Small Fingernails, elaborating on the urgency of J. Peters’s mission to New London University and the new life he sought to establish for himself after his heart-wrenching experience in Wales high school. Wales High School: First Diagnosis follows the life of young J. Peters in his junior and senior years at Wales high school when the shadow of his mental health disorder first entered his young life and his primary education environment.

The reader will get a first-hand look at Jacques’s attitude in the classroom at Wales High School. From English class to Biology, Jacques Peters’s character will take on new life and meaning for readers interested in how this iconic character became the person who initiated Contesting Admission to University on Watch. Indeed, Jacques will contest admission to classes in this book, petitioning into honors-level courses where he was restricted due to poor performance as a result of his new mental health disorder and burgeoning social problem, which will blossom into full-blown stalking, warranting the attention of Wales police and the psychiatric hospital. Readers should be prepared for joy, hope, grief, and labored panic-stricken horror as this book unfolds.

About the Author

J. Peters

Max Guttman is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice in New York City. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist, and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in various New York City care systems. He received a ‘2020 Bearcats of the Last Decade 10 Under 10’ award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association.

Guttman treats clients with anxiety and depression but specializes in issues related to psychosis or schizoaffective spectrum disorders. He frequently writes about his lived experiences with schizophrenia.

‘I knew my illness was so complex that I’d need a professional understanding of its treatment to gain any real momentum in recovery,’ Guttman says. ‘After undergraduate school and the onset of my illness, I evaluated different graduate programs that could serve as a career and mechanism to guide and direct my self-care. After experiencing the helping hand of my social worker and therapist right after my ‘break,’ I chose social work education because of its robust skill set and foundation of knowledge I needed to heal and help others.’

‘In a world of increasing tragedy, we should help people learn from our lived experiences. My experience brings humility, authenticity, and candidness to my practice. People genuinely appreciate candidness when it comes to their health and Recovery. Humility provides space for mistakes and appraisal of progress. I thank my lived experience for contributing a more egalitarian therapeutic experience for my clients.’

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J. Peters

J. Peters

Max Guttman is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice in New York City. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist, and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in various New York City care systems. He received a ‘2020 Bearcats of the Last Decade 10 Under 10’ award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association. Guttman treats clients with anxiety and depression but specializes in issues related to psychosis or schizoaffective spectrum disorders. He frequently writes about his lived experiences with schizophrenia. ‘I knew my illness was so complex that I’d need a professional understanding of its treatment to gain any real momentum in recovery,’ Guttman says. ‘After undergraduate school and the onset of my illness, I evaluated different graduate programs that could serve as a career and mechanism to guide and direct my self-care. After experiencing the helping hand of my social worker and therapist right after my ‘break,’ I chose social work education because of its robust skill set and foundation of knowledge I needed to heal and help others.’ ‘In a world of increasing tragedy, we should help people learn from our lived experiences. My experience brings humility, authenticity, and candidness to my practice. People genuinely appreciate candidness when it comes to their health and Recovery. Humility provides space for mistakes and appraisal of progress. I thank my lived experience for contributing a more egalitarian therapeutic experience for my clients.’

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