Paranoia & Delusions

Delusional disorder, (previously called paranoid disorder,) is a type of serious mental illness called a “psychosis“ in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, which are unshakable beliefs in something untrue. People with delusional disorder experience non-bizarre delusions, which involveContinue reading “Paranoia & Delusions”

Medication: An Interview with Andrew Solomon

What do you say to people who ask if you’ll eventually stop taking medication? “I say to people that they don’t expect a diabetic to stop taking insulin, or someone with a heart condition to stop taking blood thinners. I have a chronic, lifetime disease and the only responsible thing for me to do isContinue reading “Medication: An Interview with Andrew Solomon”

A Sound Mind

“A sound mind.” For some of us that doesn’t seem remotely possible. We’ve come to believe this is only true for others, maybe, but not me. As mentally ill people we seem to think that we shouldn’t be this way. Given enough time our illness becomes fused to our spirit and soul. We buy the lieContinue reading “A Sound Mind”

Empty, Broken, Here I Stand [Kyrie Eleison]

Quite a few years ago, I journeyed from off the beaten path in Alaska to Cambridge, England. It was there I somehow found myself on the streets talking to myself; alone, disoriented and quite lost. It was June of 2002 and I had just been released from a mental hospital in Alaska, and was under theContinue reading “Empty, Broken, Here I Stand [Kyrie Eleison]”