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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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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 »
The First Step by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia 1.  We admitted we were powerless over our addictions (including to other people) -- that our lives had become unmanageable. To admit to something is to “confess, acknowl ... Read on »
My Return To The 12 Steps by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia There’s an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that meets once a week in my town.  This meeting has been active since before I arrived here 25 years ago.  It has always had the rep ... Read on »
Song: Right & Wrong by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Right & Wrong He is locked up                               With only one key to freedom.       They sealed him inside of Four walls Because he took a life, Took a ... Read on »
Song: Boys Are Blue by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Boys Are Blue Boys are blue         And girls are pink They get taught at a young age Not to reason and think, But to swallow it whole With their toys and their clo ... Read on »
Song: Buddha In Her Body by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Buddha In Her Body There is Buddha in her body   And Jesus in her mind. Buddha captivates her heart While Jesus helps her find The path of revolution     That othe ... Read on »
Song: Clueless by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Clueless My sickness started     When I was just a kid     With Mr. John Lennon singing -     He sang - Run for your life little girl   Catch you with another man ... Read on »
Song: You Have Never by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia You Have Never You have never           Walked on the water;   You have never Been nailed to a cross;   You haven’t raised the dead, Except inside your head. E ... Read on »
On Death & Ignorance by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My mother has been dead for a little over three weeks and my brother and I have spent the last two weeks staying with my father.  We will return home on Thursday.  My father ... Read on »
Memorial Essay by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia This is the short essay I wrote and then read at the memorial gathering we had for my mother Ellen Mary Irving Kiernan, 1928 to 2014.  My mother.  Her name means light an ... Read on »