Monthly Archives: June 2012

“The Most Important Factor in Recovery”


from the Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web Recovery-Based Engagement/Drop-in Center Mission The Consumer Web provides peer support, resource development and consumer directed programs that help people improve their lives. http://akmhcweb.org/recovery/Fischer.htm  A Look At . . . Coping With Mental Illness … Continue reading

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Of Heat Waves and Chest Pains


What do you do when life gets tough?  When you’re in the middle of a heat wave (at least three days with the temperature over 90 degrees) or having chest pains, what do you do? If you called me up … Continue reading

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In the World of Peas and Corn


Ode magazine is changing its name to The Optimist.  The magazine was conceived in France, born in the Netherlands and grew up in America.  It says it is for “pioneers of the possible” and I like that phrase. What if … Continue reading

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Justice Required


Anger is good; anger is healthy.  When you have been used and abused, it is anger that gives you the energy to fight back, to regain the self-sufficiency that has been taken from you. Don’t ever turn that anger inward and hurt … Continue reading

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The Other Mohawk Mom (Part III)


So the story of the other Mohawk Mom and her adult son gains more substance and credence.  Her name is Susan and her son is Ray, and he’s been in and out of Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, Wright Building, Ward … Continue reading

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Mohawk Moms (Part II)


There are two women whose adult sons have been hospitalized at Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center in the Wright Building on Ward 39—and the moms have been denied visitation with their sons. One woman, call her Margaret, would go to the Wright … Continue reading

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Cathi Carol: Not a Psychologist (Part II)


Consider a teacher:  a teacher goes to college to learn how people learn, and how to teach them to learn.  There are theories of learning that explain how children absorb knowledge.  There are various skills to be learned about how … Continue reading

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Cathi Carol: Not a Psychologist (Part I)


Comment received from Cathi Carol regarding “Friend, or What?” “I hope this helps: “Take it from a psychologist: When your famous friend/therapist said ‘You can’t afford me’ and then called you when he could, that meant he was giving you free … Continue reading

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