What is the best medicine for Paranoia?

What is the Best Medicine for Paranoia?

best medicine for paranoiaIt turns out, for me, the best drug for my paranoia, ever, is called Navane, chemical name thiothixene. I hope they NEVER discontinue this medicine. It came out in 1968, and I know much of my success in life has been directly because of this drug. It is so effective for paranoia, articles have been written about  that specific indication in MEDLINE. There are side effects, but this drug has allowed me to graduate from a competitive undergraduate program, then achieve a masters, then work for about a decade as a librarian, and write over 30 well-received books, among other things.

I started navane first in 1992 at Stony Brook University Hospital,during my first psychotic break. Over the years, I  made the mistake of trying monotherapy of Clozaril, Abilify, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Geodon, and many others. Right now, what seems to be working great is

  • Morning 2mg Abilify
  • Evening 10mg Navane, 2mg Risperdal

I’m getting the restful sleep I need, my mood is quite good, and I feel good in general. I AM looking forward to trying Lumateperone which may come out in 2017, as it is part of a whole new class of medicines. I’m always game to try something new, but time-tested Navane will be hard to beat.

 

Review- Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

5.0 out of 5 stars We have come quite a way, and have miles to go before we sleep,1
November 16, 2015
This review is from: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (Kindle Edition)
I liked the historical treatment of American and European psychiatry in “Shrinks”. It was interesting to see the big picture from the point of view of a former American Psychiatric Association President. After reading this book, I thank God for modern psychiatric treatments. Why? Before the treatments we now have, life was generally much shorter for mental patients, and if someone was seriously ill with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety problems, after onset of their illness, they may have been imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives in an asylum. The rest of their existence would be a nightmare from which there was no escape. Psychiatry has a way to go still, but reading how life was before modern psychiatric medicine makes one appreciate the advances made so far.

ThriveNYC, Un Plan Historico- Una Hoja de Ruta de la Salud Mental

Por  Kurt Sass traducido por William Jiang, MLS*

Nota: Mentalhealthbooks.net esta emocionado para compartir el siguiente  articulo con permisión del diario nuevo sobre salud mental: City Voices en Español.

La ciudad de Nueva York, el alcalde Bill de Blasio y la primera dama Chirlane McCray ha publicado un libro histórico de 118 páginas titulado ThriveNYC: Una Hoja de Ruta de la Salud Mental para Todos. Su lectura puede ser una tarea desalentadora y abrumadora. Lo que espero lograr en este artículo es resumir los Seis Principios Rectores, así como la mayoría de las 54 iniciativas específicas, para que sea un poco más fácil para alguien que está buscando ayuda para ellos o sus seres queridos. El texto completo en ingles: https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us

ThriveNYC

ThriveNYC: Una Hoja de Ruta de la Salud Mental

Principio 1:  Cambiar la Cultura

 

  • Cursos de primeros auxilios de Salud Mental: la ciudad va a facilitar esta formación de 250.000 personas en los próximos 5 años, a partir de los dos primeros años con los agentes de policía, bomberos, profesionales de la medicina de emergencia, funcionarios de prisiones, organizaciones comunitarias, etc. .
  • Hoja de Ruta de la Página web y Salud Mental buscador de programas: Un sitio web ha sido puesto en marcha para cada uno de éstos (Nota: los párrafos no indican los sitios web reales direcciones.)
  • Mejorar el clima escolar: Un nuevo Reglamento de la canciller ha sido diseñado para ayudar a de-extender el comportamiento escolar situaciones y reducir las llamadas al 911.
  • Cuiddando el Trauma de las Víctimas del Crima- la ciudad va a colocar defensores de las víctimas en todos los 77 distritos del Departamento de Policía y la Áreas de Servicio Policial
  • Programa de Equipo de Intervención de Crisis de la Policía:  5.000 agentes participarán en los 4 días de formación para aprender cómo se puede desescalar los crisis psiquiátricas.
  • Centros de Salud Drop-Off-  Dos centros se abrirán en donde los individuos tienen una opción en vez de la hospitalización.

 

Principio 2 : Reaccione Pronto

 

  • Aprendizaje Social y Emocional (SEL) en el cuidado y educación: La ciudad capacitará a 9.000 maestros, profesores asistentes y los líderes escolares para apoyar competencias SEL en los próximos 3 años.
  • Clínicas de salud Mental en las escuelas de alta necesidad: La ciudad va a evaluar las necesidades de servicios de salud mental a las 52 escuelas con un número desproporcionado de suspensiones.
  • Crear red de consultores de salud mental de la  todas las escuelas: La ciudad va a contratar a 100 escolares que se llaman Mental Health Consultants, todos los cuales serán trabajadores sociales o consejeros a nivel de maestría. Ellos trabajarán con todos los de toda la ciudad escolar.
  • Capacitación en Salud Mental para el personal  Proporcionar formación al personal en lo siguiente: 1) Salud Mental Juvenil de auxilio primero, 2) La prevención del suicidio juvenil, y 3) Formación en Detectando Estudiantes al Riesgo
  • “Habla con bebé, su cerebro depende de la campaña”: Concentrarse en acciones significativas para mejorar la salud y el bienestar desde el nacimiento hasta los 3 años Incluye mensajes de texto semanales a los padres y cuidadores, así como 200.000 libros para los bebés.
  • Expansión en el Recién Nacido Programa de Visitas del Hogar:  la adición de 1.600 madres de los recién nacidos en los refugios.
  • Coordinación de Servicios de Salud en todos los Refugios  Un trabajador social clínico con licencia se colocará en todos los contratados refugios.
  • Bio-Comportamiento y Cariño:  Diez (10) visitas semanal de una hora en el hogar para los padres y cuidadores primarios del bebé.
  • Formación en Pareja: La Diez signos de violencia para personal de la escuela  capacitación para todo el personal, incluyendo la forma de conectar a la gente a Centro de Justicia Familiar de Nueva York y El Nueva York Academia de Relaciones Saludables.

 

Principio 3: Cerrar las  Barreras a Tratamiento

 

  • Cerrar Huecos en La Tratiemento de Depresión Materna: NYC Salud y Hospitales y El Centro Médico Maimónides se han comprometido a la detección universal y el tratamiento de la depresión materna dentro de los dos años.
  • Linea de Telefono: Un centro de crisis 24/7 por teléfono que se creó en septiembre de 2016.
  • Formación Peer Especializada: La ciudad se graduarán 200 especialistas peer a partir del año fiscal 2017.
  • Tratamiento Holístico para los Veteranos:. la ciudad invertirá $500.000 para ampliar el equipo de extensión y $1 millón de dólares para crear un fondo de tratamiento holístico para veteranos
  • Aumentar  el acceso a Buprenorfina y Naloxona: Entrenará hasta 1.500 nuevos proveedores para proporcionar buprenorfina y proporcionan laicos capacitados suficiente naloxona para llegar a más de 7.000 neoyorquinos.
  • Reducir la Violencia y Mejorar Tratamiento en Cárceles: Capacitación en salud mental del adicional 2.600 oficiales del carceles. Reducción del relación a 1:15 de policia al adolescentes en carceles.
  • Terapia Cognitivo-Behavioral: Será introducidos a los 18 de 23 agencias contratados cuidado temporal
  • Programas de Salud Mental y Consumo de Sustancias para todos los Jóvenes en la Isla de Rikers:   Evaluaciones psiquiátricas y después programas terapéuticas de arte para todos los jóvenes de 21, y los programas de abuso de sustancias para los de 16-21.
  • Servicios de Salud Mental en Todos los Centros de Justicia:  El nuevo programa dará ayuda a 1.000 clientes anuales.
  • Salud Mental en los Centros Geriátricos:  Un trabajador clínico licenciado o profesional con habilidades similares en hasta 25 de los mayores centros de la tercera edad, alcanzando un total de 3.750 personas anualmente.
  • Programa Integrado de Intervención Breve para el Abuso de las Sustancias: introducción de la evaluación del abuso de sustancias en todos los 8 de las clínicas medicales de sexo de la ciudad
  • Ampliar y Mejorar la planificación del Servicios: Ampliar el servicio de descarga de la cárcel para que sirva un 8,100 personas adicionales que salgan de la cárcel a través del programa del Departamento de Correcciones, el programa I-CAN por el nuevo programa del Health and Hospital Corp.’s planificación contra el consumo de sustancias .

 

Principio 4:  Asociarse con Comunidades

 

  • Cuerpo de NYC- Salud Mental: Va a ser creado de aproximadamente 400 médicos y maestros recientemente se graduó al nivel doctorado y maestría para trabajar en comunidades de alta necesidad, y proporcionar aproximadamente 400.000 horas adicionales de servicios.
  • “Visitantes Amistosas”- para combatir el aislamiento social entre las personas que no puede salir de casa 12 Agencias serán financiados para identificar 1.200 clientes necesidados.
  • Fin de la Semana de La Salud Mental Para Comunidades de Fe:  Durante un fin de semana designado, se invitará a los líderes religiosos de toda la ciudad para predicar sobre el tema de la salud mental.

 

Principio 5:  Mejor Uso de Datos

 

  • Laboratorio de Salud Mental Innovador: Estimulado por acción incluyendo la paridad 2010 Salud Mental y Ley de equidad en la adicción, el Laboratorio impulsará el uso de las mejores prácticas basadas en la evidencia estadística.
  • Evaluar la Sustentabilidad Financiera de los Servicios de Salud de Escuelas:  Esto será utilizado. en las 200 escuelas del DOE que actualmente tienen clínicas de salud mental.
  • Evaluar Equipos de Tratamiento Asertivo Comunitario (ACT): Se evaluarán los 44 equipos actuales.
  • Asegurar la Ciudad Utiliza Programación del Cárcel y de Desvío con Eficacia: Estrategias y objetivos incluyen: ampliado libertad supervisada, la detección de problemas de salud física y mental universales, así como una menor dependencia de la fianza monetaria.
  • Encuesta de Child Health: el DOHMH tomó una encuesta realizada a más de 3.000 familias en 2015 para recopilar datos sobre la salud y el bienestar emocional de los niños menores de 12 años o más jóvenes.

 

 

Principio 6: Fortalecer la Capacidad del Gobierno para Liderar

  1. Arrancar la Comisión NYC de Salud Mental:. Se compone de más de 20 agencias de la Ciudad, el desarrollo de nuevas formas para que los empleados municipales puedan ayudar en el salud mental del cuidad.
  2. Continuar Colaborar con el Estado en la Transición a Medicaid Managed Care: Desarrollar manuales de servicio, realizar controles sobre el sitio y el desarrollo de materiales educativos para el consumidor, entre otros esfuerzos.
  3. Nuevas Viviendas de Apoyo para los Neoyorquinos  15.000 apartamentos de vivienda de apoyo en los próximos 15 años.
  4. NYC Será el Sede Central para de la Primera Conferencia de Alcaldes Para la Salud Mental, que se realizará en 2016.

*Nota: Nuestro traductor neoyorkino, William Jiang, MLS. es el autor del premiado Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza. y La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias u su blog del autor es www.mentalhealthbooks.net . Este articulo es del diario enlinea www.voicesdelacuidad.blogspot.com .

Chess, Schizophrenia, and the Poet’s Fire

The Greek Gods Frowned Upon Hubris

willauthorI am writing this short article to fight negative stereotypes associated with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a poorly understood topic in our society. These days, with medication and talk therapy, recovery from even very serious mental illness is not only possible, but, with proper treatment, probable. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Read on, and open your mind.

It is a health issue. I was a “normal” kid, loved by my mom and brothers, and dad always made sure we were ok.  Athletic, well-liked and popular at Stuyvesant High School, the number one high school in New York City, my mid-teen years were joyful.  Later, at State University of New York at Stony Brook I achieved senior status and #1 status at the competitive applied math program, at the tender age of nineteen. I earned straight A in applied mathematics to the upper division, the top student at one of the top applied math programs in the world. The semester before my first psychotic break,  I signed up for twenty-three credit hours, about a double full-time credit load. The classes lined up were honors physics, data structures, econometrics, masters level game theory for economists, and Chinese, among a few others. The future looked bright. I had a girlfriend who I very much wanted to marry. I worked a job or three. The view from the top of the world was heady. I was aware of what my accomplishments were, maybe there was a touch of hubris, unhealthy pride. In any event, they say “pride cometh before the fall”, and the bigger they are, the harder they fall. My ego, big and proud, fell hard, as I plummeted into the deadly abyss of insanity.

Stress causes many problems in life, both physical and mental. Critical life choices including finances were being mismanaged, and stress was one big reason I had my first psychotic break. Later, as I discovered as a psychiatric library chief there were also other reasons for my unfortunate fall from sanity: being a premature winter birth, being born to an older father, having a mother with an under-active thyroid, a stressful early childhood, having a low fatty fish content in my diet, having sub-optimal magnesium levels, not taking a good multivitamin, being sleep deprived, working seven days per week without a break for years, studying long hours for seven days per week, and, finally, having both bipolar and psychosis expressed in the genetics of the family. Yeah, unbeknownst to me, I was a ticking clock, waiting to go off, and my time eventually ran out.

I had a total psychotic break with reality at the age of nineteen. I was hospitalized for nearly two months, at Stony Brook University Hospital just a mile from my old “successful” life at University- so close but truly a whole world away. Following my descent into total madness and paranoia, eventually, I learned to cope. As mom correctly has pointed out to me, “Will, recovery for you is a journey. You are never ‘Recovered’.”  I found meaning in life by learning about my illness and psychiatry in general, so I would “know my enemy”. Years later I was invited to write as a freelance journalist for City Voices, the mental health newspaper based out of NYC, founded by famous mental health advocate Kenneth Steele back in 1995. My life’s mission was transformed into helping others in my shoes.

Excerpt From My Autobiography, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope

At nineteen, during my first psychotic break, my thoughts were thus:

“In the psych ward, I felt that this must be how Jesus felt.  Jesus was wrongly persecuted in his life. Just as I am being persecuted.  I could have been a drug dealer many times in my life, picked up a gun and settled a few scores, or just become some kind of loser. I could have become someone with no future who didn’t try. I could have been someone who didn’t work hard, as a janitor to pay their way through college.   I’ve had a hard life, I thought.  I don’t deserve to be treated this way.  It’s not right.  But, Jesus forgave his enemies. And so will I.  Because I thought I knew exactly how Jesus felt, I reasoned, I must be an incarnation of Jesus.

Images flew through my mind. There was an excellent movie called Amadeus which chronicled a possible but far-fetched theory that Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart may have been murdered by Salieri, a musical competitor of Mozart. At the end of the movie, after Salieri confesses to his role in the demise of Mozart, the priest looked shocked to find a heart so black.  The scene cuts to Salieri being lead through the mental asylum, absolving his fellow inmates.  “I absolve you”  “I absolve you” he repeated  to everyone he saw. He said this to the people in cages and the people in chains. He laughs an evil laugh and says, “I absolve everybody.” And the movie ends, and the credits roll. For some reason, this aspect of the movie Amadeus went through my mind the same instant I thought I was some kind of incarnation of Jesus.  I, think that I, being a better person than Salieri, could truly absolve people.  I think that people will recognize my goodness and feel better about being where they were.  I walk around the room saying “I absolve you” to people who are there.   What happened next, I did not expect….”

For Those Who Are Curious about the Science and Medicine

I like numbers, especially statistics. Roughly one percent of the world’s population develops schizophrenia. A bit more than one percent will develop bipolar disorder. About one in seven will develop an anxiety disorder. About one in seven, or more, will develop clinical depression. Think about it. If you go to a high school of 1,000 kids in just a few, short years 250 of you could be struggling with a major psychiatric issue, with or without co-occurring substance abuse. College is a crucible of stress and is made much worse by use of illicit drugs and drinking. Wife of President Ronald Regan, Nancy Regan, was right when she told kids of the 80s to “Just say No!”best books about schizophrenia

So, why do these genes that can trigger serious and persistent mental illnesses still exist? One would think that these debilitating diseases would be bred out of the gene pool eventually. It’s like this, when one identical twin develops schizophrenia, the other twin has only a 50% chance of a psychotic break and consequent schizophrenia. Why? It seems genetics with schizophrenia is only 50% of the puzzle, and the mystery of the other 50% is embedded in the epigenome: the way the environment turns on off specific genes which either lead to health or illness. So, more than 50% of people who have the perfect genetics for schizophrenia will never develop the disease, and hence they are carriers. Carriers of what? Well, according to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory research, schizophrenia is a genetically complicated disorder of micro-additions and micro-deletions of genetic code. This is why they have not found one “schizophrenia gene”. It doesn’t exist. This is also why genetic therapies will have to be individualized and genetic codes sequenced, if medicine ever attempts a “cure” of the schizophrenia genetics.

Schizophrenia generally hits young men in late adolescence or early adulthood, whereas women develop the disorder in young adulthood, possible due to a protective role of estrogen. Either way, broadly speaking, in ten years time, after diagnosis, one-third of people diagnosed with schizophrenia generally completely recover, one-third stay about the same, and one-third get worse. Things like the THC in marijuana, a parasite called toxoplasma gondii sometimes found in cat fecal matter, and stress can cause people to “flip” on bad genes, causing a first psychotic break.  So, please just say no to these things, my friends!

A Full Life in Spite of the Schizophrenia

Despite my developing schizophrenia in my late teenage years and the fact that not every day is a good day, I have overcome many obstacles and accomplished much. Powerful, mind-numbing drugs have brought me down to Earth. Before medicines, I was able to read more than five hundred pages per day, do amazing feats of strength like run a half mile in under two minutes, and do a thousand push-ups in a day. No longer can I do these amazing feats of Will.

However, academically, I have graduated from a top university, with honors, then I earned an accredited Masters  in Library Science. Professionally, spanning nearly a decade, I worked as a professor at CUNY Kingsborough’s Library and then at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia Psychiatry as a respected library Chief at the #1 psychiatric research center in the world, part of a team of healers. Culturally, I am fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. I feel I have an interesting worldview, inspired by the cultures behind the languages I have learned to love.  I wish to explore more world languages and cultures.  I have authored twenty-six books about mental health, literature, business, history, language learning, library science, weight loss and diabetes control, an internationally popular guide to the living culture of New York City, a guide to natural intelligence enhancement, and an “inspiring” memoir, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. I hope to keep writing in some capacity both in order to reach new readers and to explore new and exciting worlds both inside and outside myself.

In my professional life, the thing of which I am most proud is being one source of hope to people who may feel forgotten by life.  The thing I am most proud of in my private life is the careful attention with which I have taken care of my family and friends, because I feel the most important thing in Life is Love. With all I’ve done so far, I feel my work here on Earth is not yet done. I have miles to go before I sleep. Wish me luck in writing my next chapters, my friends. I hope to keep on doing my own brand of positive thing for a while more, and I have promises to keep.

I close with a “poetic” quote of mine about chess:

I once saw a “deep” quote from a “Buddhist” Facebook Page concerning one of my favorite games, chess: “Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.”

I thought about my own struggle with schizophrenia and I felt that I could not let that nihilist have the last apt word. So, I penned the following response…

“So true! The game of Kings ends in this way… so poetic! Yet, the play of armies, led by Kings is the thing that separates the legends from the forgotten. Kings and pawns go to the same box, true, but it is how they played that makes all the difference. Not every King is named Arthur, and not every chess player is a Kasparov or a Fischer. As for the game of life as chess, we all eventually lose to Death. Death smiles at us all as we strategize and plan, but the best a man can do is follow the rules, smile back and play his damnedest, until it is his turn to rest. Life is not only about our final destination. It is also the journey we make, the others we touch, and the tales that are told! God gives burdens, also shoulders.”Washington Heights Poetry

I invite you to check out more of my poetry and art in The Poet of Washington Heights: A Scrapbook of Poetry, Photography, Digital Art, and Social Media,  twenty three of my books in English, Spanish, and French can be found on my Amazon Author’s Page.  Many of my ebooks are available on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, as well as other fine purveyors of the written word. Salud!

For quality medical information about schizophrenia: check out this information from NIMH 

This is my curated list of Best Books about Schizophrenia

Please help me reach people who need my story of hope! Thank you!

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Best Books about Mental Health: History

Best Mental Health Books: History

Best Mental Health Books as Curated by Former Columbia Psychiatry/ NYSPI Library Chief William Jiang, MLSBest Books About Mental Health: History

Best Mental Health Books: History as Curated by former Columbia Psychiatry Library Chief

Bienvenidos! My name is William Jiang, MLS and I was the Chief of the Patient Library at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade from 2004-2011. The following are the “best” books about mental health and history at the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure and beyond.

Best Mental Health Books: History

  • A Historical Reader: The New York Times and Madness, 1851-1922
    by William Jiang, MLS “The entire raison d’être for this mental health historical reader of the “paper of record”, The New York Times, is to give the reader a window on the past and to include the reader on a journey of a time long ago. What people come away with when, they see the original articles written by and about Sigmund Freud or his famous “psychanalysis” as well as the many other issues we see in these pages, transports us to another time and place. This work of non-fiction contains lessons for our world of today.”
  • Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
    by Jeffrey A. Lieberman and Ogi Ogas “Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining “lunatics” in cold cells. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, reveals in his eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for “the black sheep of medicine” has been anything but smooth. Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its late blooming maturity–beginning after World War II–as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the field’s luminaries–from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel–SHRINKS is a gripping read, and an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind.”
  • Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed from Mental Illness
    by Mark Glickman and Mary Flannery “Severe mental illness affects 5.5 million people in the U.S. usually striking between the ages of 15 and 24. Family members are often overwhelmed as they try to cope with their love one’s illness and treatment.  Fountain House has helped tens of thousands of people since its inception in 1948 in New York City. Their highly successful treatment Best Books about Mental Health: Historyprogram, which combines a psycho-social approach to rehabilitation, has generated a network of 250 other similar groups around the world.  In Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed, twelve Fountain House members and staffers share their personal stories of struggling with the pain and confusion of their illness. Each of these stories highlights the personal challenges faced by people with severe mental illness as well as the successful models they’ve discovered for living with their illness.”
  • Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
    by Joshua Wolf Shenk “Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation’s worst crisis in the “coping strategies” he had developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies. With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy. Based on careful, intrepid research, Lincoln’s Melancholy unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest turmoil. Shenk relates Lincoln’s symptoms, including mood swings and at least two major breakdowns, and offers compelling evidence of the evolution of his disease, from “major depression” in his twenties and thirties to “chronic depression” later on. Shenk reveals the treatments Lincoln endured and his efforts to come to terms with his melancholy, including a poem he published on suicide and his unpublished writings on the value of personal—and national—suffering. By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness.”

I invite you to add your own favorite books about mental health history in the comments.

In Health,

William Jiang, MLS

Kindle books 99 cents!

Kindle Books 99 cents!

Kindle books 99 Cents
Author, William Jiang, MLS

Kindle books 99 cents that you’d actually want to read? Yes! I was one of the Library Chiefs over at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade, and from that career path I decided to write books about mental health and wellness. My Amazon Kindle books have been selling quite well over the years at $9.99 and up. My books have ranked at #1 in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Japan. However, because I want to reach as many people as possible with my knowledge of mental health, language acquisition, e-commerce, and literature, I’m practically giving away all my Kindle titles now for only 99 cents. I can not sell them for less! Amazon will not let me! I’m also giving away all of my paperback books and audiobooks  for the lowest prices Amazon is allow me to sell them. My Kindle Books for 99 cents are written in English, Spanish, and French. The titles that are available follow:

English Kindle Books 99 cents

  1. A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of HopeSchizophrenia, Diabetes, and CAM
  2. Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies
  3. A Historical Reader: The New York Times and Madness, 1851-1922
  4. How to Shop Online like A Boss: How to do Online Consumer shopping Right in the United States
  5. The Medical Librarian’s Guide to the Best Medicine in America
  6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind (Annotated): The Medical Librarian’s Guide
  7. The English Virtual Library
  8. Tackling Spanish the Easy Way
  9. Tackling French The Easy Way
  10. Tackling Portuguese the Easy Way
  11. My Personal Facebook Wall: 2011-2014: Sex, Lies, and My Wild and Crazy Life in New York City: A Coffee Table Book
  12. Facets of the Mind: Assorted Poetry and Prose of William Jiang, MLS

Spanish Kindle Books 99 centsbest books about schizophrenia

  1. Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza
  2. Inglés Fácilmente
  3. La Guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Sobre las Ciberadicciones
  4. La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias
  5. La Guía del Bibliotecario Médico: la Mejor Medicina en los Estados Unidos


French
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  1. Un Homme New Yorkais avec la Schizophrenie: Une Autobiographie

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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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Paranoid Schizophrenic Biography- A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope

Paranoid Schizophrenic Biography?

What people are saying about A Schizophrenic Will: A Stparanoid schizophrenia bookory of Madness, A Story of Hope

on June 12, 2015
As a retired social worker, I found it so enlightening to read about what paranoid schizophrenia felt like for this most intelligent,determined and insightful young man. I hope he continues to write about his experiences. I have always believed in and practiced the psycho-educational treatment approach that he supports.
on May 18, 2015
Great book! Fast paced and a deep look inside what was happening for Will during this time. Encourage others to read!!
on January 9, 2015
I enjoyed reading this book because it was such a hopeful story. It showed how a young man struggling with the disease of schizophrenia was able to overcome his symptoms to such ans extent that he was able to succeed with his life goals. The candid honesty could be helpful to others who might be facing similar obstacles in their lives know that it is possible to move forward, and that perseverance can pay off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
William Jiang’s extraordinary chronicle of his life is at once arresting, horrifying, challenging and inspiring. Obviously Will Jiang is a brilliant young handsome man born prematurely to an Anglo-Saxon mother and an absentee Russian Jewish father and later adopted by his Chinese stepfather Yu Jiang: the inordinately touching memories of and tributes from his brothers Leaf, Chung and Justice as well as comments introduced in his preface form an impressive list of people attest tot the fact that this is a unique young man.But the reason this autobiography is so deeply moving is the fact that Will Jiang was diagnosed at age 19 as a paranoid schizophrenic and given the fact that he is well educated (has earned a BA and ad Masters of Library Science, speaks four languages, served as the Columbia University/NYSPI Medical Library Chief, and has written a number of fine books), the manner in which he is able to not report as a bystander the workings of the mind sinking into psychotic depths but instead relating tot the reader the feeling of that descent , treatment, horrors, and eventual recovery is nothing short of astonishing.This book takes us by the hand and walks us through the first suggestions of mental illness, plunges us into the moment by moment nightmares that assault the mind of a schizophrenic patient, makes us feel the effects of the medications and treatments, and then beckons us into the light and his own discovery of natural nutritional techniques that help heal the brain. It is an odyssey, reading this book, but it is also a journey lead by a guide who knows each aspect of it well.
Will Jiang writes so well that it is hoped he will embrace his gift for his literary talent and paranoid schizophrenia biographycontinue writing major works. He is an extraordinary man who is doing more to educate the public about the world of the mentally ill victims while providing a brilliant beacon of hope. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, August 14
on July 31, 2014
Interesting read. Will’s strength is truly impressive. He sets a good example for others with a mental illness; dreams can be fulfilled despite setbacks and struggles. Will had to overcome numerous obstacles, aside from schizophrenia, and he pushed through it all to attain his degrees.Another important lesson we gain can be seen in Will’s kindheartedness. The media falsely portrays people with schizophrenia as frightening, serial killers (a stereotype that has to end!). People with antisocial personality disorder flood our prisons- not those with schizophrenia.
This book really grabbed me after the first chapter. The first chapter was slow for me, but after that, the story flowed. I like this book as it gives first-person account of the illness of schizophrenia. Anyone with this disease can benefit from reading William Jiang’s account of his experiences.
5 Stars Right On
on April 4, 2014
I liked Will’s simple description of his early family life, his impoverished beginnings, his struggles to get his education and be successful, his psychotic break and hospitalization, his endorsement of using anti-psychotics to prevent future psychotic breakdowns with further mental deterioration. We have a 30 yr. old daughter with schizophrenia and are currently trying to assist her with getting into the “Ticket to Work” Program”. She would love to have an enjoyable job where she is contributing. Thanks for your insights, Will. Mary Ann
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on March 6, 2014
I have a roommate that is very dear to me that was diagnosed as schizophrenic. She became fearful of what the future would hold for her. This book gave her hope!!! She read it, her sister read it, her daughter is reading it, and I know it will not stop there till just about everyone in her life reads the book. This is a book worth reading and rereading.
on July 19, 2013
The book delves into a world that is terrifying and eye-opening, shedding light into the battle within oneself when dealing with schizophrenia. It later takes the audience through the stigmas and obstacles of trying to exist in “normal” society. It is a touching and inspiring guide to overcoming life’s unexpected and sometimes ugly challenges.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars Loved it!
on January 19, 2013
A captivating book that you will be deeply moved with each turn of the page. I promise you will love it and you won’t be able to put it down! I have two brothers and mother with the disease and found it informative and a moving account of his struggle. A must read if you have a loved one with mental illness.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I’d like to tell you just enough to “look inside” this book so you may decide to buy it. At the beginning, when the protagonist’s symptoms begin, a gripping tale is told. You’ll want to read it over and over again to really understand what is happening to this young man’s mind as he slips into madness. The book presents a detailed, psychologically rich, character history in abnormal psychology. It is crafted in the first person narrative style, so the reader gets a good idea of how Will was feeling at all times. I think it’s a very inspiring autobiography, both for people living with mental illness as well as healthy individuals, professionals, and students. It’s especially inspiring for people who are looking for a “push” in their lives, because despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia Will does not, at any time stop fighting. His is resilient and overcomes so much. He is successful in handling his mental health and his professional life, and he does not let his illness control him. Rather, he handles his illness throughout the book and at the end of the book he is leading a normal life. It’s a very inspiring personal history which I highly recommend.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
This book was written in a unique way to give those suffering from mental issues some hope. It is not like everything will be perfectly all right, but that with correct meds and an ethic to do what is YOUR best, one can succeed. The author gave some insight into what was and is his life without the total drama that some books on mental illness would contain. Bravo!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
This autobiography about life coping with schizophrenia is an enjoyable and touching read. William Jiang’s story is well written and sincere, and it’s one of the best autobiographies I’ve read. I think many other readers will love it as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2011
I met Will when he started writing for me near the beginning of my tenure as Editor-in Chief of the independent newspaper New York City Voices. Today, he remains a faithful friend. The first half of his memoir is a gripping and sometimes deeply disturbing first-person narrative of the machinations of a seemingly hopelessly cracked mind. The second half of “A Schizophrenic Will” is a bold story of recovery that ends where Will is working full time as Chief Librarian of a prestigious medical library associated with Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. After reading his biography, we feel that we have seen the challenging growth of a boy into a man, and although this man lives with schizophrenia, he is not so different. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
A very powerful and frank autobiography that students, researchers, and clinicians will all find insightful and moving. As a researcher and teacher, I’ve made the book required reading to all my students and research assistants. The human cost of the disease is poignantly illustrated, but more than anything else, it is a story of finding oneself in the midst of tribulation and then of resurgence.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars Best Book
on January 2, 2011
As a professional who works with individuals with schizophrenia, I have had the opportunity to observe what Will wrote about first hand. He does an excellent job conveying the various symptoms and obstacles one faces. Will’s writing was superb and the way he handled each situation was remarkable. It is an honor to be a co-worker with Will at New York State Psychiatric Institute. I could not put the book down and recommend it to those who know a little or a lot about the illness. Thank you writing this book and sharing your story with others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
I found this to be a very good book on how one man met his personal challenges, including a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, in a positive manner. The author’s intentions of helping others move forward shines through from each page; his story will inspire and encourage anyone combating the effects of mental illness. Possessing an abundance of sincerity and inner strength, William Jiang overcame many obstacles in order to attain an educated, independent, and self-supporting life. His courage to keep trying and not give up will give others the hope they need to start on their journey to creating a full and satisfying life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
This is a fantastic story about challanging battle against mental illness. I think that an average reader can easily comprehend the struggle of living with schizophrenia and overcomimg the most debilitating symptoms. Great, moving story and a valuable resource – one that I will often utilize in my clinical work with psychiatric population.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2010
This a wonderful book that I recommend to all people with Mental Illness. Will writes in a way that helps you identify with the main character, taking the reader on a journey of what it is like to be schizophrenic. It is such a personal story and very touching. It has helped me to learn a great deal, including ways of prevention. I often reference the book professionaly as a Senior Occupational Therapist when working with patients with schizophrenia at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2010
I found this book to be one of great courage and inspiration for anyone with or without a mental illness. I think it would be a great book to discuss at book clubs and support groups, not just groups for those with mental illness, but any support group in general.

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“A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope” 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. Mr. Jiang leads us on a journey that chronicles twenty years of his 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. Mr. Jiang’s story is an unforgettable, uplifting personal history to be read and savored. Not only is his autobiography difficult to put down once picked up, but A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope leaves the reader wanting more, after the tale is told.