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Why I am Opposed to Involuntary Outpatient Commitment or IOC

  I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia for nearly forty years and was forcibly medicated and involuntarily hospitalized many times over those decades. Ordering me to take an “anti-psychotic” medication and then physically compelling me to submit to IM injections … Continue reading

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How Not to Treat Schizophrenia or any other Mental Illness: Slide Show

No music or sound, sorry. Best viewed in small screen as the conversion to Quick-time made the files smaller and hence less crisp when seen on a large screen…I’m sorry but this doesn’t seem to be viewable on an ipad..Dunno … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Installment #5 We Are Hope’s Family: November Novel

Continued from yesterday: Ah, what was Hope always saying? Life is a beach? He hadn’t quite understood her before, but now he did and it surely was. Life is a beach. But it isn’t any pure coral white beach, with … Continue reading

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New Dreamrly Journal: Submit your art or writing!

I just wanted to alert readers to a new journal that Kayla Bowen is starting at Dreamrly. She is asking for submissions up through January 14, 2014, so there is still plenty of time for art and writing of all … Continue reading

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NEW ART AND MEDS REDUCED

I am assembling my own private, so to speak, “treatment team” for recovery. This is because it turns out that to go to any facility for real no-drug no medication recovery, somewhere like Windhorse in Northampton, Massachusetts, or Cooper-Riis in … Continue reading

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Trauma and Connection: You Need Not Be Alone

When Monica Cassani posted this video (see below) on her wonderful blog, BEYOND MEDS.com today, I was not sure I would watch it, mostly because I often do not have the patience to watch videos, no matter who recommends them. … Continue reading

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Two Pages from my Art Journal: pain and mess are facts of my life

I ended up at the local non-hartford ER on Monday/Tuesday morning, in the very wee hours, in so much exquisite agony i could not move off the chair i sleep on.     One thing you notice in this definitely unprofessional … Continue reading

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Too Many Anniversaries and Too Many Memories

One of the anniversaries is my little Eemie’s death last year, at age 17. She was only about 14 in this picture, maybe a bit younger. But she never looked much different from this. Even the day she was “put … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia Video: UVA and DIVIDED MINDS

This video was made during our “book tour” of 2005-6 after DIVIDED MINDS: Twin Sisters and Their Journey through Schizophrenia was published. I had not seen it for several years when my good friend, the poet Mizzy Hanley, located it … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia Medication: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

This is from a 2011 entry on my About Schizophrenia blog. However I have changed it and updated and added to it, so I thought I would post it here. Dunno how many of my wordpress readers might not have … Continue reading

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Art Trading Cards at Yale Psychiatric Hospital…plus

These are the trading cards I made at YNHPH…each is only 2.5 by 3.5 inches. I think most need little explanation. I originally offered them for sale, though I usually just give them away, until i read about the new … Continue reading

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My Psychiatric Advanced Directive — IGNORED at the Institute of Living at my Expense

These are the first two pages, including a note from the cover page, of my very very detailed Psychiatric Advanced Directive, and I think you will see why what happened at the Institute of Living, the psychiatric section of Connecticut’s … Continue reading

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Art created at the Torture Chamber called the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital

  I was a prisoner at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living’s Donnelly 2 South from January 10th until February 7th, 2013, the day before the east coast blizzard, and I only “escaped” because the torturing doctor went on a four … Continue reading

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I am Asexual, I am not an Amoeba

Let me state this plainly so there is no misunderstanding: I am tired of people thinking there is something wrong with me just because I do not have a husband or boyfriend/lover or even a girlfriend/lover or a love-interest of … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Multiples Gone?

One of the terrible consequences of the APA’s DSM is the Multiple Personality Mayhem that resulted from that fad diagnosis of the late 80s and 90s. I was hospitalized many times in those years, and I was appalled even then … Continue reading

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Doing Art to Save My Sanity

            As I have been having a hard time dealing with things,  I do art and do art and do art…It is as good a way to cope as any other I suppose. Anyhow, I … Continue reading

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Am I Crazy? Hallucinations, Delusions or Consensual Reality

What is real? Is anything true and factual? Or are we all just deluded and mad as hatters? This is a serious question. What I recall and what was written down in my chart about a certain four days in … Continue reading

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Miracles: Four Life Changing Events

Okay, so as a friend suggested, maybe there have been five not just four miracles, with the most recent miracle having occurred, and ongoing, about three weeks ago. But more on that later. First, a definition of miracle, so we … Continue reading

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Poem about Forgiveness,Translated into Chinese

TO FORGIVE IS To begin  要寬恕的實是太多 and there is so much to forgive:  頭一樁要算 for one, your parents, one and two,  你父母那麼偶然的一或二次 out of whose dim haphazard coupling  於幽暗中的契合 you sprang forth roaring, indignantly alive. 你呱呱來臨,憤然降世 For this, whatever else … Continue reading

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To Kill or Not to Kill: Physician-Assisted Suicide?

  My brother visited me recently and for some reason we got into a discussion about whether or not we supported physician-assisted suicide. We differed on the fundamentals: Phil, aka Chip, supports assisted suicide in every sense of the word. … Continue reading

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