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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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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 »
The Value Of Reaching Out by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I have been telling myself to write a blog for a couple of weeks now, but I just haven't felt like writing much, though I'm still talking into my tape recorder daily.  Anyon ... Read on »
Preparing For A Northern Christmas by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I've stayed home for Christmas several times before, mainly when I've had psychotic symptoms that I couldn't cope with when I travelled to visit my parents in Florida.  This ... Read on »
Song: "The Insane" by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The last few days I've been working on a song I've only just named "The Insane".  This song started out as another song and has gradually morphed into this one.  I wanted to ... Read on »
Wanting To Help by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Richard is a good friend to me and my brother, but I have not been spending nearly any time with him for months now.   I gave him my heated garage space this year so that he ... Read on »
New Territory by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I haven't been writing this past week or so, not even much in my journal.  I've been trying to figure out how to be of best help to Sam.  The brakes on her truck are almost ... Read on »
Thankfully Stepping Out Of My Cocoon by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Thanksgiving has been over for almost 6 days and I'm only just starting to readjust to being back on my own.  The last two days have been unseasonably warm, but a depressing ... Read on »
Confession and Reflections by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Thank you Karen and Anonymous for your comments.  Much appreciated.  I wanted to say that after I did all that writing yesterday I began having some psychotic symptoms last ... Read on »
Short Story Excerpt: "Mary and Jake" by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Today has been a very productive day for me.  I started drinking coffee early this morning and began to work on "Cold Comfort" then I took a break and started thinking of an ... Read on »