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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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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 »
Why I Am Medication Compliant by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia There's been a lot of writing in this corner of the blogosphere about medication compliance versus the anti-psychiatry movement; I want to share my perspective on this.  Fir ... Read on »
Peer Support by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I'm back home from spending a week with my parents and brother in Florida.  The voices were mostly quiet, but I did experience some restlessness, which is like a lesser form ... Read on »
Reconsidering Adyashanti by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia At the suggestion of the Anonymous commentator on my last blog post, I downloaded Adyashanti's book "Falling Into Grace" and have been reading it; I'm almost halfway through ... Read on »
How Awake Is Adyashanti? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I went on kind of a wild goose chase these last couple of days.  The wild goose I was chasing was one of Nirmala's teacher, a man who one day renamed himself Adyashanti (whi ... Read on »
Learning From Nirmala by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I first encountered a spiritual teacher named Nirmala (born Daniel Erway) on my Kindle.  (You can find his site here .)  I had been downloading books by Buddhist teachers an ... Read on »
The Practice Of Writing by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I began writing in a journal when I was 13 in 8th grade.  What motivated me to buy a spiral notebook and begin to write?  I was going to a public junior high school in Brook ... Read on »
Magical Thinking by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Magical thinking can be found in most religions; it can also be found in psychotic disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  There are various definitions of what ... Read on »
The Value Of Talking Aloud by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Still working with some depression.  I say "working with" instead of "struggling with" on purpose.  Struggling just worsens the depression.  When I struggle I think negative ... Read on »
Fight or Flight Versus Mindfulness by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Most of the people I know are affected by depression on some level. This past week I've been struggling with it too.  For some people it is a chronic low grade depression ca ... Read on »