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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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30 Years Ago... by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia These are some of my drawings that I did when I was in high school. Recently I found one of my best friends from high school on Twitter, so I've been thinking a bit ab ... Read on »
A Brief Note by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I did two things today, I read the first 17 pages of the William Styron memoir Darkness Visible and I saw the film SICKO by Micheal Moore. I know of William ... Read on »
A Caution To Be Tolerant by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I've given my cd to my brother, my therapist and four friends so far. No feedback yet. I've been listening to the cd a lot and consulting the I Ching about people's response ... Read on »
A Community Within A Community by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I apologize to everyone who’s been stopping by that I haven’t been writing. Fall depression appears to be settling in and I’ve been sleeping more. I’ve also been tr ... Read on »
A Couple Of Quick Portraits by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I painted these two portraits yesterday using acrylic paints.  The top painting was done on a 11" x 14" canvas and is based on a photograph someone in my family took o ... Read on »
A Couple Of Recent Paintings by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The top painting is of Bev's daughter Liana, unfortunately it is not in focus. The original is better. The second painting is of Ronda and her daughter Shelby. Both pa ... Read on »
A Creative Surge by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Still painting, but not much singing this week. The voices have been pretty quiet. I’ve been bringing my art supplies up from downstairs. Downstairs is a wreck du ... Read on »
A Death On Good Friday by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Around the time that I was writing the last entry, a 17 year old girl had died or was dying from an auto collision that took place relatively near to my house, though I had no ... Read on »
A Few Steps Closer by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia It's been two weeks since I asked the I Ching about returning to music. Everyday I've been touching base with my studio (I'm going to call it a studio from now on even thou ... Read on »
A Few Summer Activities by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My brother and I returned early from a four day music festival called Grassroots.  It had been very hot from Thursday to Sunday--hot, humid and practically no rain.  I got s ... Read on »
A Few Thoughts On My Return by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Woke up at 7 am and took a shower, then dressed, had my last cigarette, stuck a nicotene patch on my inner arm and left with my parents to go to the airport. We arr ... Read on »
A Friend Of The Family by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My thanks to J.P., Bev and Jen who posted comments on my last entry. I really appreciate the feedback and support. Richard is a very good friend of the family, he's ... Read on »
A Good Week by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I’ve had quite a good week despite having bats in the house. On Tuesday evening I discovered an email that I had overlooked from a man named Geoffrey W. Rutledge MD ... Read on »
A Meeting, The First Break In The Ice by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Almost a week of silence here. I'm sorry everyone. I've just been feeling withdrawn, so I've been sleeping a lot. I did go and visit with my brother's friend Jude. I h ... Read on »
A Mixed Bag by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I started smoking again a couple of months ago, off and on, but last week I began getting a pain in my upper right arm when I breathed deeply. This was right around the time ... Read on »
A Modest Rebuke by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia A good week followed by a not as good week, but not a terrible week by any means. The main thing that I have found to be upsetting is that Geoff Rutledge from Wells ... Read on »
A Painful Legacy And Beyond by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My father had a nervous breakdown in his mid thirties; I’m not sure exactly when, whether it was soon after my brother was born, or around the time that I was born s ... Read on »
A Question Of Faith by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My parents and uncle are atheists. What faith they had in a higher power as children soon faded under the auspices of the Catholic church in New York City in the 19 ... Read on »