On the Road to Recovery: From Hospital Discharge to Graduate School in Social Work

In the summer of 2008, mid-July, I was ready for discharge from Binghamton State Psychiatric Center. Of course, readiness for discharge from a state hospital by no means signals the completion of the healing process, but it does set the stage for what would become a decade of recovery. In July of 2008, the psychosis … Continue reading On the Road to Recovery: From Hospital Discharge to Graduate School in Social Work

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 traffic in the vicinity I was driving. While he issued me no ticket, he followed me all the way to my exit in downtown Binghamton. … Continue reading A Story of First Episode Psychosis: From Symptom Activation to Hospitalization

Selfless Living

''soliciting my grandmother for money for a project and then, when she told my mother, I denied the event, blaming her misunderstanding of my behavior on her dementia...' I've lived a rich & privileged life. In my youth I was resistant and disagreeable, at time challenging my peers, family, friends, and employers. Later, teachers, professors, … Continue reading Selfless Living

Lessons from the American Revolution, King George iii & the Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

"Would you Forgive?"  - Lois Einhorn, PhD During my most tormented days, angry and bitter over lost personal battles I sat in a lecture class centered around forgiveness, empathy and making our personal needs clear to ourselves and people around us. It was a rhetoric class and I would reminisce about my admiration for King … Continue reading Lessons from the American Revolution, King George iii & the Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

Mental Health & Higher Education

Too many people carrying a mental health diagnosis in higher education are subject to discrimination, unfair and disproportionate disciplinary action & premature expulsion from campus life. While colleges have services for people with mental health disabilities, treatment programs, and on site consultation for community vendors providing assistance, the problem in higher education persists. People with … Continue reading Mental Health & Higher Education