Columbia University Social Work hosts author William Jiang

Columbia University Social Work
Nancy and I

It was my distinct pleasure to lecture a MSW Columbia University Social Work class today about schizophrenia. I was invited to talk to the class by my former colleague Professor Nancy Turret. Professor Turret and her students had many insightful questions and comments the hour I was presenting.  

The hardest question I was asked was about having romantic relationships while having severe persistent mental illness. I had to answer the student’s question with a question: “What is life without love?” We all need love in our lives to grow and prosper.  People with severe mental illness are no different.

Many of the questions today revolved around my autobiographical account: A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. We talked quite a bit about my “first break” episode of schizophrenia, as I saw it through my eyes, as well as the important role of my developing insight in my eventual recovery. Also, we discussed the CATIE studies which compared first to second generation antipsychotics, Clozaril being the most effective  antipsychotic available to date.  Finally, we talked about first, second, and third generation antipsychotics- and how ITI-007 may be the first of the third generation of antipsychotics, if approved, to come out in mid 2016. I liked how we included a strong historical perspective in the discussion.

I also passed around a copy of my bestseller Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 3rd ed. I wish I had more time so we could have discussed in more depth the complementary and alternative strategies in the Guide which can be used as an adjunct to treatment as usual. Alas, there wasn’t enough time. Maybe I will be invited back to discuss Complementary and Alternative Medicine and psychiatry at some point.

I wish to thank the Columbia students for our lively discussion and warm reception; furthermore, I want to extend a special thanks to Professor Nancy Turret for the opportunity to talk to her class. Warm regards!

Thanks to Columbia University Social Work!

Tired from anti-psychotic or antidepressant medication?

Maybe, try whey protein from grass-fed cow milk. Not only is whey good for atheletes, it turns out that many antidepressants and antipsychotics sap the brain and body of thetired anti-psychotic antidepressant important amino acid glutathione. Whey puts glutathione  back into your system. Doctors many times even recommend people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to increase the amount of glutathione in their systems. Anecdotally, on Zyprexa, I am getting up six hours earlier than before. I was sleeping until 3pm some days on the Zyprexa. Crazy. The Zyprexa (olanzapine) was making me sleep six extra hours per day!  What’s not to like about that? I’m sure there are other really nice things the whey is doing for my system. It actually controls the munchies I get on Zyprexa as well. Many people who take Zyprexa can not stop eating. That’s me too, except when I use the whey protein. Oh, and I am happy to say this is my 100th blog post. Happy birthday, mentalhealthbooks.net!

Nutrition and MCS

From: http://www.diet-and-health.net/Diseases/ChemicalAllergies.htmlNurition and MCS

The best article I have seen regarding nutrition and MCS is the article above. The skinny is the following: “Supplements suggested below will reduce the inflammation and hopefully improve the metabolism of these chemicals. The nutrients such as Taurine, B1, B5, Glycine, Methionine, B12, and Folate need to be taken regularly to improve tolerances to chemicals.”

To see the rest of this article about nutrition and MCS check out the link above. I’ve personally had some improvement just supplementing with taurine. I just started a b complex and eating a bowl of lentils daily for the Molybdenum. We’ll see how things go.

ITI-007 for mid-2016? Rexulti and Vraylar are new drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia

ITI-007 Rexulti Vraylar schizophreniaITI-007 phase III trials released September 16th, 2015 affirmed the results of the preliminary phase ii trials. The phase III trials found that 60mg of ITI-007 was effective versus placebo, as early as the first week of drug administration. As a result, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc, stock doubled that day.  If approved by the FDA, it will be the first “third generation” drug on the market.  Most second generation anti-psychotic drugs target dopamine and serotonin. However, ITI-007 also targets the glutaminergic signaling neurotransmitters in the brain.  Rexulti and Vraylar are both second generation drugs that have been approved by the FDA. So, it’s good to have more therapeutic options for the people who need them. At this point ITI-007 seems to be a shoe-in for FDA approval. So, it should be available mid 2016.  See the following article to see my call that ITI-007 would be the next major drug blockbuster.

ITI-007 for Schizophrenia: APA President Presents Exciting News!

 

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Amazon.com me contactó porque Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia De Locura Y Esperanza La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias  son selectado de Amazon.com para un promotion de Autores Independientes durante este Octobre 215.#AutopublicaConKindle Octobre

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Que bien!

The English Virtual Library garners 5 Stars from Top Reviewer Grady Harp!

Author’s Note: My most recent Kindle title The English Virtual Library english virtual libraryshould be very useful for university and other students as an adjunct to their usual public, academic, or special library resources. Also, it is highly recommended for anyone wanting to consult the “Web’s Best” all in one place.

By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on September 13, 2015

Now we meet Will in his role of a librarian – William Jiang, BA, MLS, the author of sixteen popular Kindle books in English, Spanish, and French which have gone to #1 in the USA and have sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany, India, Australia, Italy, and Japan. He is a former Columbia University/NYSPI Medical Library Chief, designer, and he is a speaker of English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. And as his bio now states, ‘Most movies and media news paint one-dimensional, thinly drawn caricatures of mentally ill people, instilling fear. Refreshingly, words that could describe Mr. Jiang’s life and work include: brilliant, passionate, artistic, profound, knowledgeable, inspirational, and even “wise teacher”.

In this newly released and now indispensible book Will offers, in very sensible format (merely click on the source of information you seek and there it is in front of you!) the top reference resources on the Web in English. The functional friendly aspect of this data is the fact that it is in a virtual form – ‘A virtual or electronic library (also referred to as digital library or digital repository) is a focused collection of digital objects that can include text, visual material, audio material, video material, stored as electronic media formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media), along with means for organizing, storing, and retrieving the files and media contained in the library collection. Digital libraries can vary immensely in size and scope, and can be maintained by individuals, organizations, or affiliated with established physical library buildings or institutions, or with academic institutions. The electronic content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely via computer networks.

In just six short pages Will offers Traditional Library Resources, Medical Resources, Business Resources, US Government Search Engines, Computer Resources, Virtual Learning, Miscellaneous Resources, The Librarian’s Bookshelf and more – information at your fingertips. Once having used this book it is difficult to imagine not having it available at all times! Another gift from Will Jiang. Grady Harp, September 15

Back to School: Avoiding the crushing consequences of studying too hard

As September and the fall semester begins, I remember the rush I had as a university student caught up in the swirl of energy of my fellow students and myself, more than twenty years ago now. A smile lights up my face as I recall, and then I think of a dark joke that my brother taught me his freshman year of MIT.  A professor stands in front of a window after leading a tour around the campus, and he asks the students, “Do you know why MIT’s colors are gray and red?” All the freshmen students shake their heads. Just then, outside of the window, everybody sees a body falling to the cement below. “That’s why.” says the professor.

MIT has a higher suicide rate than the national average, but the joke reflects an underlying truth about campus life all over the United States. According to Collegedegreesearch.net, there are about 1,100 suicides on campuses around the USA each year, and, shockingly, six percent of all undergraduates have seriously considered suicide.  Why is contemplating suicide so common among university students these days? A lot of stress, abuse of drugs and alcohol, as well as underlying clinical depression and anxiety are risk factors. Even if you are a learning machine, my advice is to take time to smell those roses because too much stress will take down even an ubermensch gifted student.

The Statistics

One in four Americans suffer from a serious mental illness during their lifetimes, most often 215853_1029073770960_52_ndepression or anxiety. Serious mental issues can be triggered by the stress of university or years of workaholism. It is no coincidence that depression is soon to become the number one cause of long term death and disability worldwide by 2020, according to the World Health Organization.

Reading and Mental Illness

University students read a lot. Problem? Maybe. Even high-achieving readers are predisposed to bouts of melancholia, according to medical history. Before the 19th century doctors thought that the mere act of reading books could cause mental instability. See: A Text-book on mental diseases By Theodore H. Kellogg. Also, see Wikipedia’s article on the History of Depression: “Since Aristotle, melancholia had been associated with men of learning and intellectual brilliance, a hazard of contemplation and creativity.”

According to the Census of 1890 about one percent of one percent of the population or one in ten thousand people in all of the United States had a hospitalization for depression. Today approximately one in seven people in the US suffers from clinical depression and the rate keeps going up. In 1890 few people had the opportunity to educate themselves beyond a basic level of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, one in four people in the US is a college graduate.  As rates of college graduation go up year to year, so does the figure of people becoming clinically depressed.  The question becomes, what can be done to stay healthy?

Protection: Omega-3 Fish Oil and the Prevention of Clinical Depression

Disclaimer: I worked as a medical library chief  at the leading psychiatric hospital in the United States, New York State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia Psychiatry, so I have a bad habit of quoting MEDLINE to prove points. From the journal Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, Epub 2014 Mar 18.: there is a journal article titled “Omega-3 fatty acids and depression: scientific evidence and biological mechanisms” wherein the abstract states that “..several epidemiological studies reported a significant inverse correlation between intake of oily fish and depression or bipolar disorders.”   Free full text of the article is available to anyone who wishes to explore the article in more depth at pubmed.gov .

Back when I was an undergraduate, we did not know as much as we do today about the science behind a healthy brain and body, so we can do much more today than before to keep our minds and bodies healthy. Paradoxically, college students are less fit and more prone to suicide than ever before. According to Collegedegreesearch.net suicide rates for our youth are three times what they were back in the 1950’s, and diabetes rates are going through the roof among the Internet Generation.

Reddit Note, Today, on 9/11/2016 I dedicate giving away this Guide to Natural Mental Health to those who are hurting, in my late father’s name. He died, too early, due to COPD directly because of the events of 9/11. Beyond 9/11, we, as a society are becoming more and more isolated, sicker, and depressed due to forces that are out of our individual control. I am distributing this book free of charge because I want to do my part to combat this very disturbing momentum. I want all of us to heal. Please feel free to distribute this book to everybody you feel would benefit from it, including mailing lists, newsgroups, and newspapers. Read it, digest it. Learn from it. Heal. Please upvote me on Reddit at kd3qc and rate and review me on Amazon, so I can get my message of hope and healing to everybody who needs it! ­

William Jiang, MLS  September 11th, 2016

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Mental Health Books: Midwest Book Review Says

A Schizophrenic Will
William Jiang
CreateSpacemental health books
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
www.createspace.com
9781451512243, $15.99, 120pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: “A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope” by William Jiang is an inspirational autobiographical account of living with the dreaded disease of schizophrenia. His story is one of rare genius, olympian strength, torrid romance, academic dominance, and, finally, professional accomplishment. “A Schizophrenic Will” leads the reader on a journey that chronicles twenty years of William Jiang’s life. The journey begins with his first serious psychotic break from reality as a teenager and ends with him being a respected, published medical library Chief at the number one psychiatric research institute in the world, NYSPI, affiliated with Columbia University. One thing that makes his story a wonder to read is the sheer number of challenges he faces head-on and, ultimately, overcomes. “A Schizophrenic Will” is a story that is an unforgettable, uplifting personal history to be read and savored. This is an unusually candid and absorbing autobiography.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope” is an extraordinary read from beginning to end and very highly recommended for community and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that “A Schizophrenic Will” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

 

Guide to Natural Mental Health
William Jiang
CreateSpace
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406mental health books
www.createspace.com
9781503250918, $35.00, 130pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: The thrust of “Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction” by William Jiang is nutrition and complementary therapies for digital addiction, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Truisms that have been passed down through the ages about mental health that have stood the rigors of scientific inquiry are presented. The role of nutrition in ameliorating anxiety is discussed. Light is thrown on the benefits of meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, exercise, the healing power of music, and the detrimental effects of playing too many video games or viewing too much pornography on depression. Next, the role of nutrition in helping manage bipolar disorder is included. The effect of light on bipolar disorder and the importance of good sleep hygiene is underlined. Then, how nutrition affects depression is discussed. A question relevant to many of us, “What are the effects of being indoors all the time?” is delved into. A long list of things that can be helpful for ameliorating depression is presented including: natural herbal remedies, meditation, religion, yoga, the effect of too much or too little light, the role of exercise in fighting depression, the role of music on the mood, the role of a positive social network in recovery, the role of pets, the harmful effects of the digital lives we lead, and the healing power of scent. Finally, the amazing fact that nutrition can sometimes prevent psychosis in its beginning stages before it becomes fully-blown schizophrenia is looked at. Additional mental health tips added to this newly revised and expanded third edition.

Critique: Thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction” is an informed and informative resource that will prove to be particularly useful for non-specialist general readers. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library Mental Health instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).