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A Dislocation of Mind

Right now, millions of people in the US cannot access needed mental health care. My daughter is one of those people, and her life is at risk. . . . → Read More: A Dislocation of Mind

The Cosmic Measuring Stick of Love

Since I appeared on The Ricki Lake Show: Inside Childhood Mental Illness last Wednesday I have heard from dozens of parents. Most say some variation of “Thank you for sharing your story. It makes me feel less alone.” Some are pleas for help finding appropriate services (How painful, not to have an answer, but . . . → Read More: The Cosmic Measuring Stick of Love

Happy In the Meantime

Real happiness is nothing like what we see on TV. That happiness comes from big houses and children who go to Ivy League colleges and beautiful dresses that drape gracefully over slender hips. For me, it is some mysterious combination of praying, serving, loving people, and creativity. . . . → Read More: Happy In the Meantime

Value Options and the Denial of Care: Continuing the Conversation About Mental Health Care

ValueOptions® would like you to believe that they really, really care about getting mental health care to everyone who needs it. I cry foul. . . . → Read More: Value Options and the Denial of Care: Continuing the Conversation About Mental Health Care

You Are Going to Pay for Our Kids

If we don’t pay for treatment for people with mental illness, that doesn’t mean we won’t eventually pay for people with mental illness. The difference is, instead of paying for health care, education, housing, and other programs that meet real needs on the front end, we pay for the disastrous consequences on the back end: police, jails, prisons, and long-term institutionalization. . . . → Read More: You Are Going to Pay for Our Kids

A Little Girl in Danger: This Is America’s Health Care Crisis

My dear friend Kirsten has a little girl called Pickles, and Pickles is very sick. Her diagnoses include schizoaffective disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, oppositional/defiant disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She has spent the better part of the past two years in two residential treatment centers, one in Denver and one here in Albuquerque, plus . . . → Read More: A Little Girl in Danger: This Is America’s Health Care Crisis

Ordinary Violence, Ordinary Heroism

The children of Sandy Hook were just a few of the children who died last week from guns. In the US, one child dies every three hours from a gun. . . . → Read More: Ordinary Violence, Ordinary Heroism

Pick Your Poison

Cursing and sword swinging in the wee hours. That doesn’t seem entirely normal. . . . → Read More: Pick Your Poison

Too Vast a Project

Road to Nowhere

Parenting a child with serious mental illness is easier if you can mostly ignore the future. . . . → Read More: Too Vast a Project

The Success of Love

Parental Alienation Syndrome creates a world in which the ground under our feet shifts and rolls without notice. . . . → Read More: The Success of Love

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