What’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?

I’ve recently added new people in my life. I’ve branched out–taking on some endeavors that have put me into contact with people outside of my normal zone of relationships. This is, I think, a wonderful thing. I look forward to these new adventures. One thing has come up, though. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’ve … Read moreWhat’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?

This Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was

This is my blog. The rest of this website is my e-portfolio. I made it several years ago. You can browse around and see my various, mostly professional, accomplishments. At this point in my life, the portfolio part seems to be a relic of what I once was. Around 2008, I had my first psychotic … Read moreThis Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was

She Works Hard For The Money

Lately, I’ve been thinking about money. And I’ve been thinking about working. As readers know, I tried working last month. It turned out really bad for me. But as kids graduate high school and college this time of year and they start turning to the job market, I’ve began really thinking about whether it’s even … Read moreShe Works Hard For The Money

Help End The Affordable Housing Crisis

If you happen to live in a safe and secure home, you’re incredibly lucky. For millions of people, it’s just not possible. People with disabilities, battered and abused women and children, people with substance abuse disorders–they all, typically, struggle with finding a place to live, let alone a home of their own. I grew up … Read moreHelp End The Affordable Housing Crisis

Transcending My First Memory

I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory

On Stigma

Stigma–or, rather, discrimination–regarding mental illness is very common. Most people, alas, are unaware of the stereotypes and biases they hold in their head regarding mental illness. I have been an advocate against stigma and discrimination for several years. I’ve seen far too many instances of bias and discrimination. I couldn’t help but be an advocate. … Read moreOn Stigma

Justice at Both Ends: Preventing and Treating Psychotic Disorders through Social Justice

Introduction It seems like a cruel joke. People who are already in disadvantaged positions are, on top of that, vulnerable to brain disorders. Then, the society that produced the disadvantage (poverty, racism, sexism, etc.) stigmatizes the person for having an illness. I want to be transparent here. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I live openly … Read moreJustice at Both Ends: Preventing and Treating Psychotic Disorders through Social Justice

Why I Am an Asset, Even Though I Have Schizophrenia

Although it’s illegal to discriminate against people with mental illness during hiring, it is well known that discrimination still occurs. People with disabilities are disproportionately living in poverty (partly because SSDI and SSI, if they are on that, provide you with just that—poverty) and cannot find work. Previously, I hid my mental illness from people, … Read moreWhy I Am an Asset, Even Though I Have Schizophrenia

When Having a Disability Means You Can’t Work

Right now, my doctor doesn’t want me working. I’m simply not ready, and I have to come to terms with the fact that I may never be ready. I have a very good friend who has bipolar disorder. He is also on disability, and we recently discussed working. He was feeling like he should work, … Read moreWhen Having a Disability Means You Can’t Work

Why *Have* I Been in the Hospital?

I mentioned previously that every time I have been hospitalized (8 times), it has been against my will, and against the law. So you may wonder why I have been hospitalized. There have been times, no doubt, that I have acted oddly. I have had strange beliefs sometimes when I’ve had psychotic breaks. Apart from … Read moreWhy *Have* I Been in the Hospital?

Poor People and Mental Illness

Because I am disabled by mental illness, and am on SSI, the topic of being impoverished while suffering a mental illness is a dear one to my heart. I will tell my story. I suffered a psychotic break in graduate school. I was one of the people who was trying to escape poverty. I worked … Read morePoor People and Mental Illness

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