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Recovery Options: Tax-Free Savings Accounts

President Barack Obama signed into law the Achieving A Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act. The law allows individuals with mental illnesses whose onset of disability occurred before age 26 to fund a tax-free savings account with up to $14,000/year ...

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Family Members Forum: Special Needs Trusts

I’ve decided to talk in detail about setting up a special needs trust for your son or daughter in the event they are diagnosed with schizophrenia and won’t be able to earn income in order to function on their own. I might have talked about this on oc...

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Book Review: Left of the Dial

Recovery is often a long and winding process to get to a better life for yourself. Pit stops and detours along the way are common. You have to believe in yourself even when others do not. A greeting card my mother gave me boldly asserted: Nothing Suc...

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Schizophrenia Recovery Strategies: Self-Esteem

I told a good friend I’m reckless because I don’t care what other people think of me, nor do I care about the stigma. “You’re not reckless,” he shot back. “You have self-esteem.” This got me thinking about developing self-esteem as a bona fide schizo...

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Recovery Stories: Bill MacPhee

I’m returning at HealthCentral with more Recovery Stories like I used to publish about a year or two ago. My goal is to give a voice to individuals who might not have a voice. Here’s Bill MacPhee in his own words: When Christina Bruni called me I was ...

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Schizophrenia Symptoms: A Review

A review of schizophrenia symptoms is in order. Different illnesses can mirror this one yet a common core of these symptoms could warrant a professional consultation. Auditory hallucinations or visual hallucinations. Hearing voices is a frequent symp...

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Recovery Options: Zucker Hillside Hospital IPRT

Ever since 2002, I’ve been giving talks to the clients at the Zucker Hillside IPRT in Hollis, Queens. It’s going on 13 years that I’ve been involved with this center in New York City. An IPRT is an intensive psychiatric rehabilitation treatment progr...

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Understanding Anosognosia

For nearly 15 years, the DSM has recognized anosognosia as a symptom of schizophrenia: first in the DSM IV-TR (p. 304) and now in the DSM V (p. 101). Here is a detailed analysis of anosognosia, or the lack of awareness that you have an illness (also ...

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Schizophrenia Symptoms: Anosognosia

This SharePost inaugurates a new series with a focus on schizophrenia symptoms. Here I will give a detailed analysis of anosognosia, or the lack of awareness that you have an illness (also observed in stroke victims and in bipolar.) It’s one of the h...

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Ashley Smith on Overcoming Schizophrenia: Hope In Lived Experience

This month and in the coming months: I will focus on peers committed to mental health activism. Each in their own way is living proof that things can get better and that when the road is hard it helps to have another person in your corner rooting for ...