An Invitation to Join Email List

Mental Health Email list

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   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, 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 Hope and 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.

8,000+ Books sold so far, and going strong

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:

  • 83 USA
  • 4 Spain
  • 2 UK
  • 2 France


8,000 Books sold

“Facing Addiction in America” the 2016 Report of the Surgeon General

Ameicans: approximately 1 in 10 have or are abusing hard drugs. 1 in 5 have binged drank surgeon general report addiction in Americain 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

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 !

Social Work at NYU: Author Will Jiang, MLS Lectures

Mental Health at NYU
Professor Olivia Moro with Mental Health Author Will Jiang, MLS

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!


Anti-Anxiety Drugs: How misuse of the benzodiazepine can be harmful?

By MHB Guest Blogger: Ralph Macey of  

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 symptomsSafe Alprazolam, Estazolam, Clonazepam, Midazolam

  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Akathisia (restlessness)
  • 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

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Motor incoordination
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Mental fogginess
  • Fatigue

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:

  • children
  • elderly
  • people abusing other substances
  • impulsive people
  • people suffering BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • people with family history of abnormal response to benzodiazepines
  • mentally retarded people
  • people with autism
  • brain injury

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.

SavantCare.Com – is a state-of-the-art psychiatric facility in Los Altos, California.


MCS News (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)

MCS News

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. MCS News

MCS is NOT a psychological disorder, it is a disorder of the limbic  (olfactory) system in the brain and other organ systems. MCS is being accepted by many first world countries as we collectively have more chemical exposure due to industrialization. Notice, even the venerable Financial Times, UK has published an article about MCS. For more MCS information see my article: Why is the American Medical Association missing the diagnosis of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

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!

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

Kindle Books 99 centsshopping online like a boss

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

I invite you to visit my Amazon Author Page at