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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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Summertime Gratitude by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I'm sitting at my dining room table with my now wireless laptop enjoying the breeze created by my three fans.  We finally got some rain today after having drought conditio ... Read on »
Bringing My Parents Into The 21st Century by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My brother and I just bought an Apple iPad2 with WiFi and 3G cellular service for my parents using some money we got as a refund for years of overcharging from our health ... Read on »
The Supreme Court Decision, 5-4 In Favor Of Universal Healthcare by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Thursday June 28th 2012 was a historic day because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" in a 5-4 decision with the more conservative ju ... Read on »
Lack Of Mental Health Services In Rural America by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Approximately 70% of New York State is rural and I live in one of the poorest rural counties of the state.  I grew up in New York City where there is a plethora of services ... Read on »
Memory Is Not Truth by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia "You never have a truly complete memory of an experience because it would take as long as the experience itself.  Most of our memories are like still photos or a series of p ... Read on »
For Those Whose Voices Remain by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia It's a fact that some people have voices in their minds from an early age until they die.  I think I might be one of those people.  I take my medications because they reduce ... Read on »
An Apology by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I'd like to apologize to Karen especially and to those of you who have been reading my blog lately.  I acted impulsively when I wrote that my ex-boyfriend was a psychopath j ... Read on »
Did I Make A Mistake? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Karen left a comment on my last blog entry informing me that Brendan was probably a sociopath and not a psychopath.  The research I did before I posted my last three blogs i ... Read on »
The Ghost Of A Psychopath -- Part Three by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I left Brendan on the last day of July in 1995 when my parents were visiting.  He said the wrong thing at the wrong time, some kind of put down of my parents who had, in eff ... Read on »
The Ghost Of A Psychopath -- Part Two by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia When Brendan and I met, we both probably had abnormalities in our brains that caused us to feel different from others.  I had been hearing voices for a couple of years on an ... Read on »
The Ghost Of A Psychopath -- Part One by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My ex-boyfriend Brendan took his life 13 years ago and, in some ways, I've been living with his ghost all these years.  Deep inside I think I knew that  he was a psychopath, ... Read on »
My Response to Stigma by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia "Stigma is a Greek word that in its origins referred to a type of marking or tattoo that was cut or burned into the skin of criminals, slaves, or traitors in order to visibl ... Read on »
Letting Go by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Acceptance is letting go.  There are stages to go through before you get to it.  Your starting point is love, but something happens, some kind of conflict or hard life circu ... Read on »
Small Mind, Big Mind by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Worldly success is not a measure of how emotionally or intellectually mature we are.  Those of us who suffer from chronic or acute mental illness must not assume that we are ... Read on »
Waiting by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Last week, at the tail end of my birthday, I sent an email to Colette.  She responded enthusiastically in a short email.  She said that she was going to defend her dissertat ... Read on »
From Past To Present by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.) I found these photographs not too long ago.  They were taken in approximately 1979 when I was 17 years old.  In the ... Read on »
Approaching 50 by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I am almost at the mid-century mark; it is a bittersweet victory, but the bitterness grounds the sweetness the way soil grounds the tree.  Bitter soil, sweet tree, add some ... Read on »
How Psychotic Am I? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Statement:  I believe that the voices that I hear within my mind are from a real and highly intelligent source and are not audio hallucinations. Psychiatrists and some t ... Read on »
The Key Ingredient by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Karen, Chris, Juju and Jen, thank you for your comments!  All of you amaze me!  You are all so smart, talented, hardworking and sensitive, despite what life has thrown at yo ... Read on »
Parallels With My Anti-Psychiatry Peers by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I have come upon the anti-psychiatry movement late.  I've only just started reading some blogs about it.  There's a lot of outcry about the perils of being medicated, some o ... Read on »