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Ideally, this blog would be updated on Wednesdays and Sundays, but it isn't.....I don't ever plan to have another spiritual emergency and a brain injury in the same year....

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My new business mission statement

I saw an article on a blog about spirituality about how “bipolar illness” can be a blessing. I would think so, too, if I believed that emotional distress was actually a permanent illness. However, I don’t. I’ve explained that many times in the disease vs. distress discussions at my business blog.

Of the 55 comments . . . → Read More: My new business mission statement

Taking Back the Dreams – the Poem

This is one of the first versions of my recovery story. I also have poem by this same name that is the same story told on poetic form. I’d love to hear which one works better for you. This is one of my first spoken work poems that I memorized. This video was recorded in . . . → Read More: Taking Back the Dreams – the Poem

Taking Back the Dreams – The Essay

Editor’s note: this is a very early version of my “schizophrenia” recovery story. Now I think I just had an existential crisis, a spiritual emergency, and bad marriage, and drug use. Now I think maybe I never needed a mental health diagnosis at all.   But in our country today many of these things get . . . → Read More: Taking Back the Dreams – The Essay

Spiritual emergency and separation from reality

After I came back from the Carter Center I was really bummed about realizing that so many high level mental health professionals had no idea of what was really going on in mental health care. I started slipping a bit on my self-care and not living as clean as usual. My back started hurting a lot, . . . → Read More: Spiritual emergency and separation from reality

My letter to the psychiatrist who fired me for coming off psych meds

When I was transitioning between insurance situations I had to switch doctors in the process of coming off psych meds. I kept calling doctors and saying, “I am almost all done coming off psych meds with a slow taper, and I just need help finishing the process.” Most said they weren’t interested. I made an . . . → Read More: My letter to the psychiatrist who fired me for coming off psych meds

I donated my last Geodon yesterday

Getting off psych meds follow up story:

In my raingear. I rode 27 miles in rain to celebrate getting off psych meds and donate the last of the Geodon stockpile.

At one point I felt like I’d gotten to a point where my psych meds were helpful and weren’t causing me any side effects. . . . → Read More: I donated my last Geodon yesterday

Creating trauma-informed employment (part 3 of trauma-informed care blog)

What winning the Olympic Trials Taught Me about Trauma-Informed Care (part 3 of 3)

by Corinna West

This is part 3 of 3 of an essay posted about the day I realized that my mental health diagnoses might have just come from my trauma experiences. This is about how I realized . . . → Read More: Creating trauma-informed employment (part 3 of trauma-informed care blog)

Mental health demons: It would be easier if there was sometime to hate in all this mess

Where are all mental health demons ruining our care?

Brian Gallmeyer, the most peaceful guy I know, at Bicycle Pedestrian advocacy day. He avoided all mental health demons.

I met with Consensus KC yesterday. I thought I could kill some mental health demons, but they just turned out to be people, too. Consensus KC . . . → Read More: Mental health demons: It would be easier if there was sometime to hate in all this mess

Mental Health Civil Rights moving to Wellness Wordworks

Mental health civil rights has grown bigger than me

I’m going to shift the focus on  CorinnaWest.com to share more personal stories about bicycling across country, being an Olympic athlete, living in one of the best arts communities in the world, and my own recovery realizations. I’ve now created a Wellness Workworks.com site.  The business . . . → Read More: Mental Health Civil Rights moving to Wellness Wordworks

Collection of Online Peer Support Resources

How to find online peer support resources that are truly recovery oriented

Recently I explained the difference between the distress model and the disease model of mental illness. This is the idea that many people have emotional suffering that comes from normal life situations. I think it’s important to watch our terminology in our online . . . → Read More: Collection of Online Peer Support Resources