Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Comments by Egomen

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  • I’m disgusted and so highly disappointed after reading this detailed article disregarding my position as a Peer Advocate. Forget about eyes being rolled, how about a puke response? I respect you as a writer, Sean, but it hurts me to no end that a simple word as “peer” or “peers” can create such a fuss. I understand how you feel and your views on the matter of being called a “peer” Sera, just please don’t refer to me as a “consumer” (leaching of the system) or “patient” (someone without a voice) in this sad and hopeless movement that we call, mental health.

    It’s no wonder no real accomplishment ever gets made. There’s no solidarity about anything we do or find ourselves involved in. None of us seems to understand branding and marketing. That’s truly a sad, sad, state of affairs. As a prolific writer, I would think that if there were anything that we all as people with mental, psychological, or emotional issues could agree on is would be the use of a term that seeks to empower us. Yet. Here we are. Bickering over something that needs to be settled as an objective to a particular calendar year. In this movement we are “powerless” and “hopeless.” It would stand to reason that uniting on a simple such as “peer” would show others that we stand on a solid rock, and not shifting sands.

    Therefore Sera, could you please consider writing something constructive about? Before anything else can be done, ask yourself who we are as a group and what you represent as a person!

  • PREFACE: Ever considered that there may be a more positive reason behind “mental illnesses?” Of course not, otherwise the world would be a much better position than it is today.

    “People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives”
    Some famous people who have had a serious “occurrence” include:

    • Abraham Lincoln-Revered sixteenth President of the United States
    • Virginia Woolf-The British novelist
    • Lionel Aldridge-A defensive end for Vince Lombardi’s legendary Green Bay Packers
    • Eugene O’Neill-famous playwright
    • Ludwig van Beethoven-The brilliant composer
    • Gaetano Donizetti-The famous opera singer
    • Robert Schumann-The “inspired poet of human suffering”
    • Leo Tolstoy-Author of War and Peace
    • Vaslov Nijinsky-famous dancer
    • John Keats-a renowned poet
    • Tennessee Williams-The playwright
    • Vincent Van Gogh-The celebrated artist
    • Isaac Newton-renowned scientist
    • Ernest Hemingway-Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
    • Sylvia Plath-poet and novelist
    • Michelangelo-one of the world’s greatest artistic geniuses
    • Winston Churchill- inspired a nation
    • Vivien Leigh– Stared in Gone with the Wind
    • Jimmy Piersall-The baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
    • Patty Duke-Academy Award-winning actress
    • Charles Dickens-One of the greatest authors in the English language

    Others include: Bert Yancey, Brooke Shields, Buzz Aldrin, Calvin Klien, Carrie Fisher, Charles Mingus, Cole Porter, Connie Francis, Dick Cavett, Edgar Allen Poe, Eric Clapton, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O’Neill, Francis Farmer.

    More recently: Catherine Zeta Jones, Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain, Comedienne Roseanne Barr, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Actor Marlon Brando, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Singer Judy Collins…

  • Sadly, a lot of people have a fear to what they are NOT ready to understand, so they stay stuck with the beliefs and opinions of others despite the damage being caused.

    EXCERPT FROM MY MANUSCRIPT, “An Angel’s Testimony”

    What is an atom in relationship to a Schizophrenic?
    An atom is a fundamental piece of matter. (Matter is anything that can be touched physically like us, a table, an animal, etc.) Everything in the universe (except energy) is made of matter, and, so, everything in the universe is made of atoms.

    An atom itself is made up of three tiny kinds of particles called subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. What constitutes protons, one part of an atom? Protons are made of quarks, but physicists say that they are made of 99% “empty space.” Now replace the two words ‘empty space’ for another two word definition: “not real”. ‘Not real’ is to schizophrenics as ‘empty space’ is to physicists.

    So when we say schizophrenics believe in things that are not real, essentially they are more conscious or connected to the empty space of the surrounding reality they perceive. Therefore, if I could link the connection between what science have observed regarding the relationship between energy and matter and what schizophrenics perceive as to real to not real, then it may stand to reason that schizophrenics are more gifted than we give them credit.

    Is it possible that this was intentionally designed this way so we wouldn’t get lost into thinking that the material version of life is all that there is? I’ll leave you to ponder on that question.

  • “I’m not sure the point of a really large group of people united in name only. It’s the values and the purpose that count.” -Sera

    Hello Sera,

    Love this article you wrote. Glad you were inspired to write it. However, when it comes to groups being united in name ONLY, proper use of the name usually stands for pride, hope, encouragement, unity, etc. I found much of what you had to say quite intriguing but also a bit bothersome. I was annoyed that you’d put down the use of the terms, “peers.” To finally come to a term that many of us feel comfortable with is HUGE, in my opinion! To finally make it this far in the accepting of such a term shows progress in a movement that is known to make one step forward and three steps backwards.

    You should know that I came into the psychiatric movement 13 years ago. As a “foreigner” when I first heard the use of the term consumer to describe me as a patient I cringed. When I looked up the definition of consumer in the dictionary, I almost hurled. What stood out for me as a consumer, besides what we know a consumer to be, was someone who consumes something without giving back in return. As a giver and not a taker, in many respects I never saw myself as just as a person who consumes. So you see, for me that didn’t work. It still doesn’t! I respect its use for those who are comfortable but I always felt that there was more for us in the psychiatric field than to just ‘consume’ pills or leach of the system for our medical and personal needs. Since then I have been fighting outwardly and openly to have those of us who had similar experiences grow (up) from that term, “consumers.”

    During my recovery I found respite as a place that sadly lost its funding to exist called the PEER Center. The acronym P.E.E.R. in PEER Center stood for Personal Empowerment, Education and Recreation. I was so proud to be member. I met friends whom I am still in contact with today. I connected with like minded individuals where our very own family and community ostracized us. So you see the use and promotion of the term “peer’ is very personal to me. To hear that in your community somehow you find the use of peers’ offensive, personally, disturbs me. However, with knowing that a peer is now an acceptable term even within our military and in other places brings a smile to my heart.

    Peer to me is like a mission statement. A mission statement is an official statement of the aims and objectives of a business or other organization. Peer, as an organization of people, is a wonderful word that embodies a declaration just as eloquently as you stated when you said, “It’s the values and the purpose that count.” Peer to me means exactly that: we have value and purpose in this world! It’s not until we are a large enough group that stands for its value and purpose that we’d even be recognized. We still have a long way to go from where we came as psychiatric survivors, patients, consumers, or whatever term you’d like to use or not use. Still, as peers we must begin seeing ourselves as trailblazers in this movement. I want you and others reading this post to remember that. I also want you to keep in mind that by being p-eers we make room to grow-up and see ourselves as p-ion-neers. Include the 3 letters “ion” into p-eers and maybe you can see yourself as I do and your very own personal role within the movement.

    By definition here is the meaning of, pi•o•neer

    1. One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle.
    2. One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development: a pioneer in mental health.
    3. A soldier who performs construction and demolition work in the field to facilitate troop movements. (Mad Pride comes to mind)
    4. Ecology An animal or plant species that establishes itself in a previously barren environment.
    1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers: the pioneer spirit.
    2. Leading the way; trailblazing: a pioneer treatment for severe mental and emotional condition is in the works.

    My newest acronym for P.E.E.R.: Person Experiencing Emotional Recovery.

    Keep up the good work, Sera. Keep the articles coming! Be more positive about peers and the peer movement. After all, when it comes to being positive, as in protons, neutrons and electrons, the more ions’s we have the better. It vibrates and speeds up the momentum behind what caused or causes our experiences. This a metaphysical statement and one that requires a deeper level of thought and conversation.