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Frustration

Frustration is the great trigger for madness. Just getting to start a blog after you haven’t done it in a while is enough to make you go screaming from the room. Now I am Ok. I have found the right place to click and I have calmed down enough to write about this subject, which […]

| February 3rd, 2009 | Continued

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Hello Readers!

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| July 19th, 2008 | Continued

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Love and Isolation

“8 Habits of Love” is a book by the Reverend Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena, California, where I am a member.  I don’t consider myself a total Christian, since I have not accepted the divinity of Christ. I like what he preached, and I am a committed Vipassana Buddhist, but I find […]

November 18th, 2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Final Breathe

Breathing is fundamental. No breath, no life! For the past year I have been afflicted with a respiratory ailment, which has grown worse as the year has progressed. At first I was just huffing and puffing a little, then by May 2013 I couldn’t cross a room or climb stars and not be totally winded.  […]

August 19th, 2013 | | 4 comments | Continued
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The Living Room At Turning Point, Skokie, Illinois

  A person with a mental health emergency will tell you that going to an emergency room of a hospital is to be avoided at all costs unless you have already undertaken a violent action like attempting suicide.  Being bloody, vomiting, or violently striking out – then most likely you will be in the clutches […]

June 11th, 2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Military Serial Killer Is Not The Only One Guilty

Sergeant John Russell was convicted April 22, 2013, for second-degree murder of five military men at the Mental Health Clinic at Camp Liberty in Iraq. He will probably spend the rest of his life in a military jail. Sergeant Russell is seriously mentally ill. He wanted to kill himself, but after the horrible treatment he […]

April 30th, 2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The New Lepers Are Out To Gun You Down

Jared Loughner  (Phoenix), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), James Holmes (Aurora, Colorado), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Dylan Klebold (Columbine), Kipland Kinkel (Springfield, Oregon) These young men are the poster boys for most of American society’s attitude toward the mentally ill: mentally ill people are dangerous; give them a gun and they will kill you.  The attitude […]

February 22nd, 2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Anyone Can Go Psycho

I believe that anyone, given particular circumstances, could “go psycho.”  Not everyone agrees with my assertion.  My psychiatrist thinks I am wrong, but did not elucidate why.  Thus I still think it’s true that anyone can “go psycho.” By this I mean anyone can have a psychotic break no matter if they are already suffering […]

January 11th, 2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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A New Review from Goodreads

Wendy‘s review Oct 14, 12 Read from September 21 to October 09, 2012 When I started reading this autobiography by artist/author, Carlton Davis, I thought it would be a gruelling read. It’s not nice reading about people with severe mental illness and self-destructive tendencies, right? Actually, Davis has such a great grip on life, the […]

October 15th, 2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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IS SUICIDE A POLITICAL ACT?

  “To see suicide simply as an individual mental illness and homicide as a similarly individual moral failing is to ignore the degree to which both are caused in part, by societal, economic forces.” James Gilligan from “Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others”   To see suicide- all suicides- as caused in part […]

September 2nd, 2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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OF TWO MINDS, The Conversation Starter

I am one of the four featured persons in the film OF TWO MINDS. I feel very honored to be in this film by Doug Blush and Lisa Klein.  The honor comes from the fact that as Alice Boyce Ph.D. says in her blog review of the film on Psychology Today (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201208/two-minds-new-documentary-film-explores-life-bipolar-disorder) the film is […]

August 29th, 2012 | | 3 comments | Continued
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THE PAIN IN MY BRAIN

A woman with the bipolar condition asked me if I got migraine headaches. At first I said no.  Migraine headaches weren’t something I experienced. Then I thought about pain in my brain and how often I experienced it.  I feel a severe and deep ache in my head when a massive depression is coming.  I […]

May 13th, 2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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“OF TWO MINDS” premiered at the Cleveland Film Festival

Can I who am featured in the film“OF TWO MINDS” write a review of the film?  I can’t write a typical review because my viewpoint is colored by my closeness with the film. My plan is not to so much to rate the film –although I believe it to be extraordinary-, but to speak of […]

April 24th, 2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Laura’s Law & Kendra’s Law Bandages and Bondage

Laura’s Law and Kendra’s Law are, for anyone who has, has had, or appears to have a mental illness, scary legislations. These two laws inCalifornia and New York and copied by other states require a person to have psychiatric treatment when ordered by a judge after assessment by a mental health official. This is coercion […]

January 24th, 2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Unhinged by the Epidemic of Mental Illness

“The central question of what variables drive the pathophysiology of mood disorders remains unanswered……….It is therefore no surprise that we know almost nothing definitive about the pathophysiology of mental illness — the surprise is that we know anything at all.” From Unhinged, The Trouble with Psychiatry — A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis, […]

November 2nd, 2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Emotional Anxiety of Prison Visitation

The California Men’s Colony is not a pleasant place to visit, and the authorities go out of their way to make you know it.  A visit has all the charm of a stopover in a dank toilet room, but this toilet is a difficult place to enter. It took me more than five hours to […]

August 14th, 2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Chinky the Chinaman

Wop, Dago, Nip, Jap, Frog, Kraut, Mick, Limey, Polack, Kike, Raghead, Wetback,  Gook, Chink, and the “N” word Nigger; we have all heard these words. They are derogatory, and laced with hateful meaning, but to pretend they don’t exist is the way to give them power. I recently watched a program on 60 Minutes, about […]

July 1st, 2011 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Mad Sisyphus – New Thoughts on an Old Book

“Madness,” by Marya Hornbacher, was published in 2008. It was a New York Times best seller at the time, but now it has faded to 300,000 in book sales on Amazon. It’s only 100,000 higher in sales than my own book, “Bipolar Bare,” which as a self-published work did not have the backing of a […]

April 20th, 2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Crazy making Dyslexia

Dyslexia is not a mental illness according to most definitions although 30 years ago dyslexic people were often cared for by psychiatrists. Today we call dyslexia a learning disability. I see dyslexia not as a learning disability but a condition I deal with daily and I think it is related to mental illness. The – […]

March 28th, 2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Let me shoot you I’m mentally ill

 The Tucson shooter is giving mental illness a bad name. He joins the list of killers who are identified as mentally ill: the shooter at Virginia Tech, the kid gunmen at Columbine, the targeter who nicked President Reagan, and a whole host of others going all the way back to the Texas Tower marksman, and […]

January 15th, 2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Magic Mental Meds Make Me Mad

Psycho-medication is so confusing; it is enough to drive you crazy. Some of these meds can actually cause you to become nuts.  For example, Effexor (venlafaxine) by Pfizer can bring on mania in a bipolar person and Abilify (aripiprazole) by Bristol-Myers-Squibb can give you suicidal thoughts. These are just a few of the possible side […]

December 23rd, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Cross-dressing, sex, and bipolar disorder

 After I spoke at the University of Wyoming this year on my experiences with Bipolar Disorder, the college newspaper ran a headline “Ex-professor exposed drag experiences.” The reporter focused on my recounting of my cross-dressing escapades when I was ill. Dan Socall PhD, the director of the University Counseling Center, responded to this article with […]

November 28th, 2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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On Tom Wootton and Bipolar in Order

09/26/10  Tom Wootton is an engaging and provocative author and public speaker on the issue of Bipolar Disorder. I listened to him speak in Pasadena, California on September 15, 2010. I found myself totally engaged by the theory he puts forward that Bipolar Disorder can be converted into “Bipolar –In- Order.”  This is a state, […]

September 28th, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Seesawing on the Bipolar Coaster

Seesawing on the Bipolar Coaster- Riding the Edge of Madness with Two Minds Imagine a Teeter-totter with a person on both ends and combine it with a roller coaster. This is the experience of bipolar people. They ride up the escalator and plunge down the descent seesawing back and forth.  At the summit they rise […]

September 17th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Driving Crazy

09/5/10  I listened in rapt fascination and horror as he explained how he drove. This bipolar young man with the fresh face and red hair sat up right in his chair at the meeting and with a giddy smile on his face spoke about how he bore down on slower moving vehicles. He liked to […]

September 6th, 2010 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Pasadena Weekly Article about Bipolar Bare

Laid ‘Bare’ Carlton Davis finds the way to recovery in ‘Bipolar Bare’ By Carl Kozlowski 08/05/2010 Carl Davis readily admits he’s lucky to be alive. Davis is not only the survivor of abusive parents and California’s notorious foster care system, but he also survived crack addiction that for a decade followed him in and out […]

August 17th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Five Favorite Books

The LA Books Examiner asked me to write about five favorite books. I did this for non-fiction and added one novel with a graphic image to the mix.  Follow the link below for the article. http://www.examiner.com/x-5892-LA-Books-Examiner~y2010m7d12-Five-favorite-books-by-artist-and-author-Carlton-Davis Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post

August 17th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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