I Am Not A Victim

People have varied and sometimes misconstrued perceptions of disability. Often times they don’t see people as having a disability unless it is physical. Physical disabilities are grave and problematic for those with them, but often just as with mental illness people with these disabilities are able to do amazing things. Disability is not an inability; […]

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The Nightmare of Prison for Individuals with Mental Illness

The treatment of prisoners with mental illness is often barbaric if not medieval. Here’s what needs to stop.   At some point in the 1970’s the decision was made to close state-run mental health institutions. Reports at the time indicated significant abuse of patients and a general lack of credible mental health care. The idea […]

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How the Federal Government Can Step Up to Relieve the Suffering from Mental Illness

More than 50% of Americans in penal institutions suffer from a severe mental illness. Here’s what the Federal Government needs to do.   In the 1970’s there was a sweeping decision to close state-run institutions and move responsibility for mental health care to communities. This was driven by shocking revelations related to how patients were […]

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Why the States Have Failed Our Mental Health System

It’s a fact. There are 10 times as many people with a serious mental illness in prisons rather than psychiatric care facilities. Here’s why the states have failed. Throughout the 20th century, states across the country designed and built mental institutions to house people with varying levels of mental illness. Over time it became apparent […]

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I Am Not a Maniac Because I Am Mentally Ill

In the topsy-turvy world of media it is meritorious to say things off the cuff without thinking of the impact of words or the impact of stigmatization. These things that are said generate publicity, coverage, and ratings. Countless times the media has put a face on the mentally ill with particular regard to schizophrenia. Every […]

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No Greater Love Documentary Shows Promise

Those who’ve been in deployed locations know the importance of faith in the middle of stressful missions. As I was deployed to South Korea, after North Korea had shown its ability to use crude nuclear bombs on its own land for testing purposes, I knew in some way that we were protected. Nevertheless faith played […]

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Coming Out About My Mental Illness

Each of us has a unique story, something that will be etched in our tombstone, and quintessentially a set of core values that will define us. I’ve done many things that I can be proud of. I worked on the F-117A Stealth Fighter, have written a number of ebooks (some of which you won’t find […]

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Dealing with the Side Effects of Medication

All medications have some form of side effect. Whether or not a patient will experience all, some, or any of them depends on the individual and is hard to predict. A person’s age, weight and gender may be a factor as well. A patient’s medical history may also play a role in how their body […]

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France is a Diamond

America is a place of rugged individualism carved out like a diamond full of beauty, eloquence, and grace shining like a beacon in the cold dead darkness of a world that shudders to emulate its existence. That diamond is a kaleidoscope of people far flung and far removed from acknowledging the brilliance of who they […]

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Discrimination and Mental Illness

Many mental illnesses are both treatable and manageable for many of those who suffer from them however, the social stigma that is attached to mental illness can be difficult to overcome. The public’s perception of those who suffer from mental illness may seem difficult to change, even among friends and family, and the discrimination these […]

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