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In the episode, ”Psychosis Outside the Box & Chapter 7: Back in New York”– A Reading from My Memoir” (S5, E1), in opening up about my own first episode psychosis, I start with a description of the project ”Psychosis Outside the Box” under the authors Shannon Pagdon and Nev Jones, which can be reviewed here: https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.20220488.
I point to how other traditions worldwide approach states of ”psychosis” differently, with more respect and community support. I refer to an article written by Mad in America writer and counselor Jonathan Keyes which can be read here: https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/02/traditional-healing-psychosis/
I then read Chapter 7 of my Memoir, Not As Crazy As You Think.
The following is a book description of Chapter 7 ”Back in New York”:
The airline attendants act as my nurse team as I lay sick for hours into the 24-hour plane ride. My exhausted body then suddenly falls limp, and I enter a blissful dimension that bestows to me wisdom into the meaning of the entire universe. The angelic whispers assure me I am “coming home,” but that I must go back. And when I return with a thump to my body, miraculously, my illness has vanished.
On my first night back in New York, my angels are still within reach, and they lead me to a disturbing mistake in the matrix code on cable television, which they call the Hitler Glitch. They tell me I must prove with my one life everything, and that I must eliminate the Dead White Man Virus. When my parents become worried about my preoccupied state of mind, they admit me to St. Vincent’s Hospital, a mental institution in Harrison, NY.
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To listen to the chapters you missed, here are the podcast links to
Chapters 1-6 of Not As Crazy As You Think:
How Psychiatric Labeling Leads to ”The St. Patty's Day Lockdown”:
Reading of Chapter 1 from My Memoir (S1, E5)
Traveling in 1994, and a Reading of Chapter 2: ”The Scientific Library” (S1, E6):
A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 3, ”The Brahman Class” (S2, E5):
A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 4, ”The Taj Mahal” (S2, E7):
The Imperialist Global Mental Health Movement
and A Reading of Chapter 5: ”A Sentence to Bear” (S2, E10):
A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 6, ”Mahander” (S2, E23):
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