People who equate truth with fact are missing the point.

The Crystal Ball She Wished She’d Had

I read the comments on an article at ABC News called 5 Disturbing Things We Learned Today About Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza and it’s very clear that most people think that those of us who have loved ones with serious mental illness should a) understand the depth and severity of their illness in all ways, at all times; b) deliver appropriate treatment in all ways and at all times; and c) basically read their minds and use our handy dandy crystal balls (they give us those at diagnosis, you know, so we will always be aware when someone in our family is going to do something unimaginable) to predict all possible behaviors so as to protect others from our “psycho” family members. . . . → Read More: The Crystal Ball She Wished She’d Had

The Trajectory

When you take a child to the doctor, you are a fallible human presenting a fallible human to a fallible human. . . . → Read More: The Trajectory

For Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas was beat and beat and beat by Fullerton police officers on July 5, 2011 and while the cops beat him he cried for his dad and God and his mom and they beat him some more until he stopped moving. . . . → Read More: For Kelly Thomas

Issy and Kelli Stapleton: Murder, Suicide, and Family

I have been deeply disturbed for weeks. I keep trying to write this blog post and backing away from it, over and over. I have decided not to publish it, and alternately been compelled to publish it. Ultimately, this is my truth. This is what my family survived, and if it was the . . . → Read More: Issy and Kelli Stapleton: Murder, Suicide, and Family

The NM Mental Health Care Audit: Out of the Frying Pan

The state of NM has yanked Medicaid and Medicare funding from fifteen agencies that provide mental health care services all across New Mexico. This represents 30,000 patients, many of them children, some of them the very sickest of the population of people with psychiatric illness.

I don’t use the word “yanked” accidentally or lightly. . . . → Read More: The NM Mental Health Care Audit: Out of the Frying Pan

This Is How We Dare

We dare because it is always OK to ask for what we need. Always. . . . → Read More: This Is How We Dare

Catching Up with Carter J

When I don’t write much about Carter for awhile, I’ll get notes from people asking how he is and what’s up with him. I told Carter about that yesterday and he asked, “So those people are kind of like my fans?”

“Yes, I guess they are,” I said, and that made him shoot out . . . → Read More: Catching Up with Carter J

Frustratinger and Frustratinger

Avert your eyes, ye Puritans. Yea verily, I am going to curse. Also there is talk of boners here. You are warned.

I fucking HATE insurance companies. Fucking hate them. The only thing I hate more than insurance companies is the health savings account, which is a great idea and saves us lots of . . . → Read More: Frustratinger and Frustratinger

Inarticulate Screaming

In recent lawsuits, mental health care in prisons in four US states was described variously as “clearly inadequate,” “[not] even rudimentary,” and “grossly inadequate.” . . . → Read More: Inarticulate Screaming

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: If the Diagnosis Was Cancer…

If the diagnosis was cancer instead of mental illness, my child would be treated with sympathy instead of judgment. . . . → Read More: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: If the Diagnosis Was Cancer…

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