The secret to my success: Thiothixene for Paranoia

Second-Generation Antipsychotic Monotherapy?

It 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.

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.

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Vitamin E helps Dystonia

I started having serious dystonias of the tongue, where the tongue would go back in my throat until I would choke. I had to take benzotropine 2mg often to avoid choking to death. It turns out a supplement with 400IU Vitamin E and 25mg of Selenium stopped that problem for me. It turns out I’m not the only one to use vitamin E to avoid problems like this.

Clin Neuropharmacol. 1997 Oct;20(5):434-7.

Vitamin E treatment in tardive dystonia.

Dannon PN1, Grunhaus L, Iancu I, Braf A, Lepkifker E.

Author information

Abstract

Tardive dystonia is a disorder characterized by abnormally sustained posturing associated with the use of dopamine-receptor blocking agents such as antipsychotic drugs. However, the structural pathologic and pathophysiologic features of this disorder are unknown, and no consistently effective pharmacologic treatment is available. Patients with tardive dystonia mostly are young men. We present the case of one substantially improved with treatment by 1200 mg/d (IU) of vitamin E.

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

The Real Good Will Hunting- William Jiang?

This whole article is going to bring me back to an earlier time and a crazy idea I had. Could I be the real life inspiration behind Matt Damon’s Oscar winning movie Good Will Hunting?

Back when the movie Good Will Hunting came out in 1997, I was like, “Cool! Another guy named Will who is amazing at math and worked nights as a janitor. He’s like me in that he is brilliant at pretty much everything and he needs a psychologist.” When I thought of it more. I felt it was a little weird. The character was a lot like me, with the same exact name, but he was super me. But, yeah. I thought back in 1997, “That’s probably coincidence. Great story though.”

I learned years later that Matt Damon went to Harvard but never graduated. That actually made me think about the movie again and my own life. The professor in English literature department who liked me the best and actually invited me into a class with masters and doctoral students when I was 19 was named Gerald Nelson. He knew me and my story well. He got his PhD from Harvard back in his day, and he knew I was a very gifted applied mathematician that worked as a janitor in his building, the Humanities building on Stonybrook campus, and I imagine, being a Harvard Man, he never lost his Harvard ties, where Matt Damon was going to school at the time.

The only reason I’m bringing this whole story up now is because I was randomly talking to a friend of mine and he said, “You’re Good Will Hunting, man!” I surprised him by saying, yeah I think you’re right. And I gave him a few reasons, such as SUNY Stony Brook University is in the same league as MIT in applied math, because we are number seven in the nation According to the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.ams.sunysb.edu. John Nash, the Nobel laureate immortalized in the movie A Beautiful Mind, thought enough of Stony Brook to lecture there multiple times including when I was going there as a student. I knew Dr. Gerald Nelson from 1990 to 1992. I graduated from SUNY Stonybrook with honors in 1994. The movie came out in 1997. Hm.

The only thing that Good Will Hunting did not cover about me was my amazing athleticism, which Dr. Gerald Nelson didn’t know anything about. Back in the day, I could do feats of strength which were world class, such as doing over one thousand push-ups in two hours, where I did 4 sets of 100 pushups and the rest were sets of 50. Also, I was able to run a half-mile in under two minutes. I was able to do 50 dips pretty easily. I also was able to do 48 chinups back when I was in Stuyvesant High School, among other feats.

Also, I was a Janitor at night in the academic buildings of SUNY Stonybrook. And, I was one of the most gifted undergraduate applied mathematicians at Stonybrook, I was straight A up to AMS 310. The course description is below form SUNYSB’s website, for the curious. It is an upper division, extremely competitive class with many graduate students in pure math, applied math, economics, and computer science. Of course, I got the highest grade they were allowed to give: a 4.0 or an A.

The only other difference between Matt Damon’s character and I is the locale, South Boston and Cambridge versus Stonybrook Long Island, and the level of genius of Matt Damon compared to my own. I would say that the level of genius depicted in the movie is not my level of genius, but rather the level of genius of my younger brother Dr. Leaf Jiang, who just happens to be the best electrical engineer to come out of MIT in the last 15 years. Go to Google Scholar and check him out if you don’t believe me.  If you are rich and powerful, I would hire him. He’d be cheap at 7 figures. No joke. He could make your millions into billions, and billions into more. But, don’t mess with him. He’s 6’4” and can bench over 300lbs. That being said, he is the most grounded family man I’ve ever met, and I would do anything for him because he’s the best. I’m proud to call this man my brother.

All that being said, I think my memoir A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope , is a better story than Good Will Hunting. Why? It’s a true story with bucketloads of romance, genius, madness, and redemption. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what Amazon Top Reviewer Mr. Grady Harp says about my autobiography, and thanks for stopping by. Tchau!

 

Appendix A

Good Will Hunting (1997)

126 min  –  Drama  –  9 January 1998 (USA)

8.2 Your rating:   -/10   Ratings: 8.2/10 from 455,899 users   Metascore: 70/100

Reviews: 627 user | 149 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Appendix B

AMS 310: Survey of Probability and Statistics

A survey of data analysis, probability theory, and statistics. Stem and leaf displays, box plots, schematic plots, fitting straight line relationships, discrete and continuous probability distributions, conditional distributions, binomial distribution, normal and t distributions, confidence intervals, and significance tests. May not be taken for credit in addition to ECO 320. This course has been designated as a High Demand/Controlled Access (HD/CA) course. Students registering for HD/CA courses for the first time will have priority to do so.

Prerequisite: Applied Linear Algebra or its equivalent

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Podcast interview about #schizophrenia featuring William Jiang, MLS

Dear Blake,

It was a pleasure to be interviewed and featured on the Podcast of The Half Hour Intern. Thanks for taking the time to interview me! My friends, to listen to the podcast click here:

 http://www.halfhourintern.com/hobbies/schizophrenic-with-will-jiang

Will

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or check out his Facebook at Mental Health Books.NET

 

Walking- Mental and Physical Health Benefits- The Tsimane

Forget about Walking Like an Egyptian- Walk like a Tsimane of Bolivia

Best Books About Schizophrenia
I had walked 1,000 miles in 3 months for this book photo.

I give the Tsimane of Bolivia much respect. Who are the Tsimane of Bolivia, and why should I care? The Tsimane are a tribe out of touch with modernity in the Amazon of Bolivia, but they have the “healthiest hearts in the world” because of their high fiber, high plant-content diet with about 15% of their calories from lean meats and fats, the rest, about 70% from carbohydrates. This diet does not sound so healthy because they have so many carbs! Do not worry, the average Tsimane walks over 6.5 miles per day when they are over 60; and the women who are under 60, they average 8 miles per day. The women burn about 1,200 calories per day walking. They’re all endurance athletes!

I used to walk up to 10 miles per day but was sidelined by the painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis due to inappropriate footwear and lack of stretching. I aspire to start walking long distances again some day after Amniofix injections to repair my feet. Wish me luck people. And YOU. Walk a little more! We as a society sit too much these days. And for what? Getting out for a brisk walk feels really good, if you can do it.  You do not need to run a marathon every day. Just walk more, like a Tsimane.walking heart health mental health

The Mentalhealthbooks.net synthesis of it all by author William Jiang, MLS (check out his books about health and wellness here): A diet high in quality carbohydrates helps with anger and depression as long as you get exercise. Your head will feel better if you mimic the Tsimane of Bolivia. Also, walking a lot not only is good for the heart, but also you will lose weight. Beyond those benefits, I remember that my hunger was much more under control when I walked more, compounding the benefit. As if that were not enough, walking more is good for the health of the brain and nervous system. Taking a good brisk walk every day fights depression and anxiety. Sitting in front of Facebook is not fighting your depression and anxiety. Maybe check out my new book about heart health and be a heart superstar: The Medical Librarian’s Guide to a Naturally Healthy Heart and Circulatory System.

Read more abou the Tsimane here  

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Best Books About Schizophrenia

Best Books about Schizophrenia

Best books list about schizophrenia curated by Author William Jiang, MLS

Best books about shizophreniaBienvenidos! 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. According to the Surgeon General, approximately one in one hundred people in the United States struggles with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is arguably the most devastating mental illness of them all. Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not multiple personality disorder. It is, rather, a break from reality. Many homeless people suffer from schizophrenia, and many with schizophrenia have auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations and delusions, or paranoia.  The following were the best books about schizophrenia at the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure. Not only was I staff at the #1 psychiatric research hospital in the world, I also developed schizophrenia at age 19, hence my first book choice, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. I was also a patient there.

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Autobiography

  • A Schizophrenic Will: a Story of Madness, a Story of Hope by William Jiang, MLS “A Best Books About Schizophreniatalented ambitious young student is afflicted by the most dread mental illness in the prime of his life. This first person account describes this all too common occurrence but what is unique is how he reacts to this adversity and his courageous and successful journey to recovery. Will Jiang’s impressive and moving story is reminiscent of other similar first person accounts of personal struggle and triumph over mental illness including Elyn Saks’ The Center Cannot Hold and Temple Grandin’s Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. Will’s story will be similarly informative and inspirational to everyone who has the good fortune to read it.” — Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. President, American Psychiatric Association
  • The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks “Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn’s life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.”
  • The Day The Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope by Ken Steele “For thirty-two years Ken Steele lived with the devastating symptoms of schizophrenia, tortured by inner voices commanding him to kill himself, ravaged by the delusions of paranoia, barely surviving on the ragged edges of society. In this inspiring story, Steele tells the story of his hard-won recovery from schizophrenia and how activism and advocacy helped him regain his sanity and go on to give hope and support to so many others like him.”
  • Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir  by Mark Vonnegut MD “More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough.Here is Mark’s life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition. There are the manic episodes, during which he felt burdened with saving the world, juxtaposed against the real-world responsibilities of running a pediatric practice. Ultimately a tribute to the small, daily, and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise, unsentimental, and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers.”
  • A Mind That Found Itself An Autobiography by Clifford Whittingham Beers “In the groundbreaking book, Clifford Beers tells what it was like to be institutionalized at a time when mental illness received little attention or respect. “A Mind that Found Itself” is Beers’ own story, as one of five children who all suffered psychological distress and were all confined to mental institutions at one time or another. Beers, who wrote the book after his own confinement, gained the support of the medical profession and was a leader in the mental hygiene movement. “A Mind that Found Itself” has been an inspiration to many mental health professionals in their choice of a profession. It also did much to help the rest of the world see mental health issues as a serious disease. “A Mind that Found Itself” is an excellent read for anyone seeking to better understand, or treat, mental illness.”

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Biography

  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar “In this pBest Books About Schizophreniaowerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly re-creates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize. A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, who dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed “impossible” by other mathematicians.”
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady “At first all one noticed was how gifted Fischer was.  Possessing a 181 I.Q. and remarkable powers of concentration, Bobby memorized hundreds of chess books in several languages, and he was only 13 when he became the youngest chess master in U.S. history.   But his strange behavior started early…. After years of poverty and a stint living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Bobby remerged in 1992 to play Spassky in a multi-million dollar rematch—but the experience only deepened a paranoia that had formed years earlier when he came to believe that the Soviets wanted him dead for taking away “their” title.  When the dust settled, Bobby was a wanted man—transformed into an international fugitive because of his decision to play in Montenegro despite U.S. sanctions.  Fearing for his life, traveling with bodyguards, and wearing a long leather coat to ward off knife attacks, Bobby lived the life of a celebrity fugitive – one drawn increasingly to the bizarre.  Mafiosi, Nazis, odd attempts to breed an heir who could perpetuate his chess-genius DNA—all are woven into his late-life tapestry.”

 

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Recovery

 

  • Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, BBest Books About Schizophreniaipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies by William Jiang, MLS “In this useful guide, Jiang gives a short practical summary of a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from the classical bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia to the more modern affliction of digital addictions. In each category, he supplies a list of non-pharmacologic treatments, providing for each item a reference with abstract. He also offers resources such as national networks and local support groups.” – Marjorie Ordene, MD
  • Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition: A Family Manual by E. Fuller Torrey “Updated throughout and filled with all the latest research, the bestselling Surviving Schizophrenia is back, now in its sixth edition. Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families, and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient’s and the family’s point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment, and answers the questions most often asked by families, consumers, and providers.”
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Schizophrenia: Painful Minds 2nd Edition by Lynn E. DeLisi “Approximately one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their life-time. This chronic, severe mental illness can be devastating for patients and their family and friends. Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient with schizophrenia, or a friend or relative of someone suffering from this mental illness, this book offers help. Completely revised and updated, 100 Questions & Answers About Schizophrenia: Painful Minds, Second Edition gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, sources of support, and much more. Written by an expert on the subject, and including a foreword by parents of a person with schizophrenia, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of schizophrenia.”
  • Best Books About SchizophreniaFountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice by Alan Doyle and Julius Lanoil “Since 1948, people suffering from mental health issues, mental health professionals, and committed volunteers have gathered at Fountain House in New York City to find relief from stigmatization and social alienation. Its “working community” approach has earned the organization vast critical recognition, enabling it to replicate its methods across the world. This volume describes the humanity, social inclusivity, personal empowerment, and perpetual innovation of the Fountain House approach. Evidence-based, cost-effective, and transferable, this model achieves crosscultural results by supporting the principles of personal choice, professional and patient collaboration, and the need to be needed, achieving substantive outcomes in employment, schooling, housing, and general wellness.”
  • I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment. 10th Anniversary Edition by Xavier Amador “’This book fills a tremendous void…’ wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. In this latest edition, 6 new chapters have been added, new research on anosognosia (lack of insight) is presented and new advice, relying on lessons learned from thousands of LEAP seminar participants, is given to help readers quickly and effectively use Dr. Amador s method for helping someone accept treatment. I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practitioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner-and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.”

 

William Jiang, MLS is the author of 63 books, including bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. See his Amazon Author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/williamjiang