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Kate K. Patient Expert

Alfred Station, New York
I am 46 and I am in recovery from schizophrenia. I began hearing voices in my mid 20s, but didn't become acutely psychotic until just after I turned 36. For 3 years I didn't commit to taking the anti-psychotic medications and I had 3 breakdowns. The last one was December 2001. Since then I... Full Bio
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Take What You Need & Leave The Rest by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The title of this blog is an important 12 Step saying.  It’s a philosophy in itself and one that I try to live by.  That’s not always easy for me.  Sometimes I want to absor ... Read on »
Love Is Work by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia M. Scott Peck’s definition of love in his book The Road Less Travelled is:  “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing  one’s own or another’s spiritual gro ... Read on »
Sexuality: Denying The Truth by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia We all know and accept that our sexuality is the instinctual way we continue our species.  Sex is for making babies.  But most of us also know that it can be much more than ... Read on »
Pain Can Be A Great Teacher by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Today there seems to be a lightening of the depression.  I don’t take this for granted; I know it can return anytime.  So I’m writing to make good use of my time.  Maybe som ... Read on »
Depression by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia This has been a hard month for me.  I’ve had various physical problems accompanied by severe depression, especially in the last couple of weeks.  The depression is much wors ... Read on »
Power & Powerlessness by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia All addicts must admit to their illness and to their powerlessness over their illness if they are to heal.  But how many using addicts are there in high places, in positions ... Read on »
Practicing Peace by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia There can be no lasting peace on earth until each of us makes peace with ourselves.  Steps 8 and 9 of the 12 Steps are about making amends for the harm we have caused while ... Read on »
Song: The Crossroads by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The Crossroads Sometimes depression lays me low Takes me places I do no want to go Down to the crossroads where I must decide Whether to stay here or to give up and di ... Read on »
Letter To An Addict by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Dear Suffering Friend, Who/What is more important than your recovery?  No one and nothing.  Not your career, nor your friends and lovers and family.  Perhaps you’ve been ... Read on »
Love Your Enemies by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I am not a Buddhist or a Christian, but I feel a great love for Buddha and Jesus.  They are our worlds great messengers of peace and love.  Buddha lived to be eighty years o ... Read on »
Our Mute God by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Maybe about five percent of our entire mind is conscious.  Much of what  goes on inside of us is a mystery.  We speculate that all of our memories are stored in the unconsci ... Read on »
Sex And Love Addiction by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I am in a close friendship with a sex and love addict.  He is an incest survivor who never healed from the severity of the abuse he endured.  He was taught to equate sex wit ... Read on »
Let Go And Let God by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Right now I am holding on and I am in a lot of pain.  I want to figure things out and find solutions, but the more I study and work and think, the more overwhelmed I am by t ... Read on »
The Eleventh Step by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia 11.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carr ... Read on »
Self Acceptance by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Anyone who tentatively approaches recovery from any kind of addiction is told that first you have to accept yourself as you are.  That is what the Higher Power does and if t ... Read on »
What Is Love? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it k ... Read on »
The Third Step by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia 3.  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. The God of my understanding is a God of Love; within Love there is balanc ... Read on »
The Second Step by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia 2.  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. After admitting to powerlessness, to the insanity in our lives, this obviously leaves ... Read on »