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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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The Right To Bear Arms? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Somewhere in our evolution we learned to make tools.  Tools by their very nature are useful in some way or another.  Being omnivores, we not only gathered food, we hunted.   ... Read on »
The Benefits Of Buddhist Practice by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I just wanted to thank Chris, Ashley, Karen and Pam for leaving some great comments to my last blog entry about Pema Chodron.  These are all women who have experience with m ... Read on »
Our World Still Turns by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The world did not end yesterday; we have been given a reprieve.  How shall we spend it, in denial or in action?  With global climate change, near economic ruin, continuing w ... Read on »
Post Thanksgiving Reflections by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Thanksgiving went really well this year.  My brother gave it a B+.  We did our Thanksgiving shopping about a week ago, then I cleaned and organized the house and then at 7:3 ... Read on »
An Eddie Vedder Delusion Resurfaces by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I lowered one of my two anti-psychotic medications by half under my psychiatrist’s direction several months ago.  I did this because I was having persistent trouble with a ... Read on »
US Elections 2012: Please Vote! by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia This is such an important election.  Every vote counts, which is why I am urging you to accept the responsibility of casting your vote on Tuesday.  We need to know how the m ... Read on »
This Sacred World by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia From when I was little up until my late teens, I knew the world was sacred.  I think many of us do at that age.  The power of youth lies in part in its intensity.  It doesn' ... Read on »
Mental Illness Awareness by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia This is the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, but for me everyday is a day for mental illness awareness.  It should be obvious that awareness is the key ingredient ... Read on »
What Is Ego? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia According to the Buddhist perspective clinging to our egos, which is a form of bondage, is the root cause of all suffering.  But what exactly is ego?  I associate the word ... Read on »
Making Friends With Ourselves by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Maitri is a Sanskrit word for unconditional loving-kindness.  Pema Chodron writes:  "Without lovingkindness for ourselves, it is difficult, if not impossible, to genuinely f ... Read on »
Seeking & Giving Help by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia In the last two weeks I've been to two NAMI mental health support group meetings.  The group is small so far, just five people each time, including myself.  I'm coming in co ... Read on »
Cultivating Nirvana: Remembering To Remember by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia You've probably heard the phrase, "What's goes around, comes around."  This is the cyclical nature of karma.  Good will and good acts, and ill will and hurtful acts, will ci ... Read on »
The Balancing Act Of Yin And Yang by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia We are like this seagull:  we can find balance or we can fall or we can even, symbolically, fly.  Balance allows us to land and settle and balance allows us to take ... Read on »
Book Review: "Dharma In Hell" by Fleet Maull by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia "I'm thoroughly convinced after spending fourteen years in prison with murderers, rapists, bank robbers, child molesters, tax dodgers, drug dealers and every sort of crimina ... Read on »
John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The 7th Time by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I feel honor bound to make note of the fact that Mark David Chapman, who has been incarcerated for almost 32 years for murdering John Lennon on December 8th, 1980, has been ... Read on »
Change Of Diagnosis And A Response To Michael Moore's film "SICKO" by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Several months ago at my psychiatrist's office they changed several things.  Now one must pay the copay upfront, prescriptions are no longer written out but called into one' ... Read on »
A Visit From My Elderly Parents by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My parents arrived at the Rochester NY airport 6 hours late due to bad weather at JFK in New York City.  The stress of traveling is hard on anyone, but especially on people ... Read on »
Holmes Is Not Faking It by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I just watched several news clips about the young man, James Holmes, who killed 12 people and injured 58 more in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado this past Thursday.  Per ... Read on »
Grassroots Festival 2012 by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I got back from the Grassroots Music Festival yesterday afternoon after going for three days with my brother.  I took these photos on Sat ... Read on »