Cigarettes and Tobacco Use in Mental Health Settings

The growing trend in most mental health centers is the banning of tobacco products and their use on campuses that deliver treatment and other supportive programs. When I first entered the mental health system, I was in-patient in an adolescent unit in New York State. Within a year of the time I landed in the … Continue reading Cigarettes and Tobacco Use in Mental Health Settings

Repositioning symptomatology for mental health conditions post DSM-5

In the throes of madness, I have found some form of peace to hold on to like an anchor while discovering my innermost serenity. Only at the very end of my tormented nights was I unable to identify a technique to self-manage the chaos around me. At that point, I would not suggest self-managing the … Continue reading Repositioning symptomatology for mental health conditions post DSM-5

Addressing Symptoms (Agitation, Frustration Tolerance)

In the throws of madness I have found some form of peace to hold on to as an anchor in discovering my innermost serenity. Only in the very end of my tormented nights was I unable to identify a technique to self-manage the chaos around me. By that time, I would not suggest self-managing the … Continue reading Addressing Symptoms (Agitation, Frustration Tolerance)

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Re-Imagining Treatment

Background:I have been a consumer of mental health services for a litany of diagnoses including but not limited to NPD. With this said, this presentation is intended to explore existing definitions of NPD and offer additional insight into other possible treatment pathways for people seeking support and resources to battle this disorder. The definition for … Continue reading Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Re-Imagining Treatment

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

Preventing, Predicting, & Dismantling Problems Ahead: The Early Warning System

The worst thing in the world is to have had the opportunity to fix or resolve a problem and to sit on one's hands or let the chance pass us by without taking action. While some issues take us by surprise, e.g. breakthrough symptoms, new symptoms, or unexpected circumstances, other problems can be identified, marked, … Continue reading Preventing, Predicting, & Dismantling Problems Ahead: The Early Warning System

The Modern Psychiatric In-Patient Technician: Skilled Worker or Guard?

One of my earliest memories as an adolescent in an in-patient unit was the tall, stocky men brazenly hanging around the treatment areas, lounge, and nurses station. These people were anomalous. They didn't seem to have a purpose upon first glance. I couldn't have been more wrong about that. A few days into my hospitalization … Continue reading The Modern Psychiatric In-Patient Technician: Skilled Worker or Guard?

The Life & Times of a Person Carrying a Mental Health Diagnosis

There seems to be several types of mental health blogs on the market. Clinical blogs, peer blogs based on personal experiences, hybrid blogs which combine both aspects of recovery, and research re-blogged materials from across the web. I would hazard to say blogs focusing on prevention and the amelioration of symptoms before they become unmanageable … Continue reading The Life & Times of a Person Carrying a Mental Health Diagnosis