Hi! My name is William Jiang, MLS, and I have been a member of Fountain House since 2011. I joined Fountain House after my seven year tenure as a medical Library Chief at Columbia University/NYSPI under Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. I did not want to be isolated in upper Manhattan. Fountain House helped with my socialization and learning conversational French. Oui! Maintenant, je parle francais! Tres bien! Merci Fountain House!
I started www.Mentalhealthbooks.net to continue my personal mission which started in 2000 with New York City Voices Newsapaper under luminary Dan Frey, and then later as the Patient Librarian at Columbia Psychiatry/NYSPI. If one types “books schizophrenia” in Google, Mentalhealthbooks.net page about the “Best books about Schizophrenia” is in the top 3 results, just after Amazon. Today, I wanted to let you know of an exciting new email list that I am curating which can be joined at
Why join? So far we have featured the best selling book by Dr. Lieberman, “Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry” as well as two of my popular books A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hopeand Guide to Natural Mental Health. You can see the archives of the email list at the link above. So far we have added 500 mental-health friendly bookstores across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Also, I’ve opened up membership to my social media platforms on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Now, I am excited for the opportunity to let Fountain House and the Clubhouse community know about the mailing list about great reads in Mental Health and Advocacy. Anybody with an interest in quality mental health books is welcome to join the list, as well as to let their family and friends know that there are good books out there to inspire and inform about mental health.
Author’s note: so far, I’m blessed to have gotten a total of slightly over 8,000 readers of my books, spreading my messages of hope and healing in over 90% of the marketplaces that Amazon sells. A shocking realization that I had tonight while sitting with a friend at a favorite cafe was that the autobiography of the founder of SONY has earned 27 reviews at 4.5 stars on Amazon. Whereas, my autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope racked up, in Amazon’s estimation, 30 reviews at 4.5 Stars. Crazy! This is after Amazon stripped about twenty 5- star reviews the book, which were ALL ethically gotten from actual readers, something I’m understandably a bit bitter about. But, I focus on the sweet feeling of the overwhelmingly positive reception of my books from my good readers. Believe me, I feel very grateful for each and every positive word people have sent in my direction, helping me to fight stigma and share hope. Thank you!
I have garnered 91 reviews in total on Amazon to date. I’m biggest in the following countries where I have the following number of reviews:
Ameicans: approximately 1 in 10 have or are abusing hard drugs. 1 in 5 have binged drank in the past month. Substance abuse costs about 300 BILLION in damages per year, in North America the externalities or the costs not able to be summed, I’m sure cost much more in terms of human suffering and death. For more detailed information, please See the Surgeon General’s “Facing Addiction in America”
Report of the Surgeon General, 2016- “Facing Addiction in America”- a landmark report
4th Season Of Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein to premiere on PBS
I had the memorable pleasure of meeting and talking with Dr. Jeff Borenstein at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia Psychiatry Patient and Family Library while writing my little autobiography about my own “story of madness and story of hope” about living with schizophrenia: A Schizophrenic Will. I found Dr. Borenstein down-to-earth yet visionary, a rare combination. The first and second seasons of Healthy Minds were AMAZING! I’m sure this fourth season will be even better somehow. Well done Dr. Borestein, Brain and Behavior Foundation, and all your partners! I can’t wait to get a gift DVD set to review here on www.mentalhealthbooks.net !
On April 13th 2016 I had the distinct pleasure of lecturing at NYU about Mental Health by invitation of Professor Olivia Mora at the Silverman School of Social Work. I talked briefly about the Fountain House program, epigenomics, socialization, psychopharmacological drugs in the pipeline, and my own personal story with regards to the dread illness of schizophrenia. I found the class of masters of social work students to be engaged, focused, and very empathetic with regards to my own personal struggles. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to touch the education of a group of about 20 first year Social Work students. I hope I was more of a help than anything else. When the students learned that I wrote twenty two books to date, they quipped that for pretty much any talking point, “Yep, Will Jiang has a book for that!” They were so witty and fun! Thank you again for the invitation, Professor Mora! I hope to be speaking at NYU’s Silverman School of Social Work again soon!
Medicines can be helpful to relieve symptoms of anxiety. However, it does not treat the hidden problem and is certainly not for suitable for long-term use. One such group of medication is benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines are administered to patients suffering from anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy.
Benzodiazepines are prescribed for the following symptoms
Skeletal muscle spasms
Tardive dyskinesia (repetitive, involuntary, and aimless motions)
Sedation before medical procedures
Examples of benzodiazepines
Alprazolam (used in anxiety disorder)
Estazolam (used in sleeping problem)
Clonazepam (used in treatment-resistant epilepsy)
Midazolam (used during medical procedure)
Benzodiazepine behavioral side effects
Difficulty in concentration
Forms of benzodiazepine behavioral side effects
Behavioral exacerbation – Side effects listed above may increase or turn worse.
Behavioral disinhibition – Side effects mentioned above may happen for the first time.
Benzodiazepine behavioral risks Groups of people who may be under the higher risks of benzodiazepine behavioral side effects are:
people abusing other substances
people suffering BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
people with family history of abnormal response to benzodiazepines
mentally retarded people
people with autism
It’s important to note that people in these groups may not necessarily develop symptoms of behavioral side effects.
Benzodiazepine drug risk
Patients aged more than 65 years – Elderly people and senior citizens are more prone to the sedative effects of these kinds of medicine. A small dose of an anti-anxiety drug like benzodiazepine can lead to symptoms of amnesia, confusion, cognitive damage similar to dementia, and loss of balance. Moreover, senior citizens taking benzodiazepines are vulnerable to broken hips and legs, car accidents, and falls.
Pregnant and lactating women – Anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines and others shouldn’t be used during pregnancy. Drugs crossover to a fetus through the placenta. This is because babies born to such mothers may develop withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, muscle weakness, sleep disorder, breathing difficulty, and restlessness or trembling. Anti-anxiety drugs get deposited in breast milk. Therefore it’s important that lactating mothers’ seek physician’s advice and consider tapering off benzodiazepines and try alternative anti-anxiety drugs.
Patients with a family history of substance abuse – Patients who suffer from alcoholism or drug abuse should stay away from anti-anxiety drugs or take them under an expert’s supervision. These drugs are highly effective and but also easily addictive. As a result, they could lead to substance abuse and may be with the extremely risky combination-alcohol,marijuana or illegal drugs.
Anti-Anxiety Medication: General Usage Guidelines
Have patience – It takes time for most anxiety medications to reach their full therapeutic effect. While you may want immediate relief, it’s important to have realistic expectations. You will need to work closely with your doctor to find the right dosage and evaluate the anxiety drug’s effectiveness.
Stay away from alcohol – Patients should never mix anti-anxiety medicines with alcohol. Such a combination, if taken in larger dosage, could have disastrous results. Even in a smaller dosage, a combination of anti-anxiety drugs with alcohol or other banned substances might lead to poor concentration, impaired thinking, increased risk of car accidents and other injuries.
Track mental health – Patients, should monitor their mental health. They need to ensure that their response to anti-anxiety drugs on their physical and emotional well-being are well-documented. Different results are noted in people who use these medicines. Hence, it’s impossible to predict the side effects and how effective these anti-anxiety drugs would be for the patients. For example, patients should never drive or operate heavy machinery, if they are on benzodiazepine medications until the time they are aware of its effects on their health.
Patients should communicate with their doctors with complete honesty. Moreover, they must disclose to their doctors about the side effects of these medicines and how their overall health is getting affected. They shouldn’t stop any medicine without consulting their doctor.
Editorial Note: Deaths in the US from benzodiazapine abuse are way up. Do yourself a favor and do not become a statistic: use your medicine as your doctor prescribes.
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The Mainstream press in the English language is starting to cover Chemical Sensitivity. The following are a few articles on MCS in the news published so far in 2016, listed in reverse chronological order.
In Spain and Latin America MCS is more accepted by the medical community as a legitimate physical medical disorder, and not a psychological disorder. Indeed, Spain is one of the most progressive governments in the world when it comes to helping people with Environmental Illnesses. In Spain people with MCS are protected by the law. As of May 4th, 2016 there are more than 60 articles about SQM (Sensibilidad Quimica Multiple or MCS) in the Spanish-language press, or about six times the amount of coverage of MCS in the English Press.
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: