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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 | | 4 comments | 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 | | 25 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 | | 9 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

August 17th, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Power to the Crazy People

INPP Conference, Manchester, UK                                                     July 16, 2010 Ninety year old Thomas Szasz, controversial psychiatrist and author of the Myth of Mental illness, was the keynote speaker at the INPP (International Network of  Philosophy and Psychiatry) Conference in Manchester, UK, June 28-30, 2010. I attended and spoke at this Conference. When the conference ended I found […]

July 16th, 2010 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Book Reviews published by LA Books Examiner

Just published are 5 non-fiction review and 1 novel review in the LA Examiner. See attached,http://www.examiner.com/x-5892-LA-Books-Examiner~y2010m7d12-Five-favorite-books-by-artist-and-author-Carlton-Davis

July 13th, 2010 | | 9 comments | Continued
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The Attacks of the Black Brain

 The attacks of the black brain start with losing something. Usually it is my keys or my wallet, but it could be anything misplaced or forgotten: a passport, a phone, a book or just a place I can’t find.  I feel stupid and frustrated. I will tear up my household looking for the lost items, […]

May 25th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Suicide, The Long Term Solution to a Short Term Problem

I tried suicide once. I have thought about suicide a lot. I came close to suicide a second time. Suicide ideation has followed me for forty five years. When ever I get down the thought of doing myself in comes up. Self-murder has always seemed the optimal solution to unhappy circumstances. “Why not just do […]

April 16th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Carlton Davis has a new website

I have put on the web a new site for my artwork. Check it out. It was designed Ed Glendininng with my participation. I think it looks really good. Don’t forget to click on the images and they will enlarge. http://www.carltondavisart.com

April 1st, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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I think I am better than I am

 Grandiosity is a symptom of Bipolar Disorder. When manic I get very grandiose. I think I am better than I am. I liken myself to the great Leonardo Da Vinci. He like me was a writer, artist, and architect; and some say he was bipolar also. Maybe that is why he was so slow in […]

April 1st, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Carlton Davis on Carlton Davis

I decided to google Carlton Davis to see who the name brought up. I was the fifth entry. The first entry is a photographer in New York City, who creates images of the most precise and detailed kind. He is a commercial photographer educated at the Rhode Island School of Design whose portfolio includes exquisite […]

March 29th, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Interview with David Oliver of Bipolar Central

Carl Bipolar Success Story 3-11-10  On February 26th, Carlton Davis was interviewed by David Oliver. The interview is attached.

March 11th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Attack of the Inanimate Objects

 Inanimate objects attack me. Doors, tables, chairs, toilet seats, vacuum cleaners, keys, wallets, tools, cars, and computers – to name just a few of my enemies – have it out for me. They sneak up on me. They lurk in the shadows to obstruct my way. They refuse to cooperate. The small objects lose themselves […]

March 8th, 2010 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Author on Blogtalkradio/Chris Teece Show

Carl Davis appeared again on Blogtalkradio. This time on the Chris Teece Show.  The link to the show is: http://blogtalkradio/chris-teece/2010/02/03/Authors-spotlight-bipolarbare-author-carltondavis

February 4th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

                                              The Strange Case of  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson , who supposedly wrote this novella under the influence of cocaine, strikes me as a perfect metaphor for the states I became under the influence of my magic potion, crack cocaine; except that  my Hyde was not male, but female. […]

February 2nd, 2010 | | 6 comments | Continued
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The Two-minded Self

The Two-Minded Self                                                   This is an old article I wrote, which I have been thinking about lately.   “For that person must not suppose that a double minded man   unstable in all his ways will receive anything from the lord.” I came upon this passage in the Letter of James in the Bible […]

January 6th, 2010 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Disappearing on Seroquel

 There are many drugs today advertised on TV for mental health issues: Cymbalta for depression, Abilify for Bipolar Disorder, and now Seroquel for Bipolar Depression. Have you seen the advertisement from AstraZeneca? People who are bipolar depressed are shown semi-dissolved into their backgrounds. A woman standing in front of a theatre marquee is half transparent […]

December 24th, 2009 | | 45 comments | Continued
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Bipolar Disorder ain’t a joke

Sometimes I forget how serious an illness Bipolar Disorder is.  My life has been going well the past five years. No major attacks of mania. No racing thoughts. No grandiosity. No horrible depressions. No trips to the hospital for “tune-ups.” When I was first in recovery those “tune-up” visits were a regular occurrence when the […]

December 5th, 2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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A Crop more valuable than Wheat?

Drug abuse prevention has failed miserably. Our attempts to stop the cultivation of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin are like trying to stop the occurrence of ants — impossible and improbable. The anti-drug abuse campaigns around the world have led only to the increased spread of drugs and their increased cultivation. In Afghanistan more land is  […]

October 2nd, 2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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WID is Wonderful for the Wacky

WID (World Institute on Disability) www.wid.org  is a wonderful resource for the mentally disabled. If a person is disabled by a psychiatric condition WID is a place to know about for assistance in help maintaining and building assets. Their acting director stated in his presentation on the topic of wealth building to the NAMI National […]

September 11th, 2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Question I get asked a lot

The question I get asked a lot is: Does medication affect your creativity? The answer I give is: It did before I became an advocate for myself.  Many people with mental conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia don’t want to take medications because the drugs dampen their creativity. They tell me medication makes them feel […]

September 4th, 2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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