Author Archive for Adrian Hoppel

Intentional Peer Support Poems

Who you think you are and who I think I am is similar to wind and trees we sing songs of sixpence we table our woes so we can find them again someday on the same table, for we never moved them, still we are surprised to see them in the same spot after all […]

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Certificate Of Compliance

The smog test took about 2 minutes but 20 to find and cost $19 for a Certificate of Compliance which enables me to pay $172 for an Oregon registration.   I’ll pay anything to be compliant I’m an American, red white and blue   strapped down to the tablet carried through to the reclining chair […]

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Are You Mentally Ill or Are You a Thought Leader?

There may have been a time in your life where you asked yourself if you were mentally ill. Maybe you were exploring new ideas. You didn’t know quite how to integrate them into your daily life and then got called mentally ill. Really you were a thought leader, which made others uncomfortable. You may have […]

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Routine Lab Work

05/24/2014   by Chaya GrossbergIt started out as an ordinary visit to Quest Diagnostics to get routine lab work. I was 15 minutes late. The receptionist, who was also the office manager and medical technician, told me she loves my freckles. Well, that wasn’t entirely ordinary. When she sat me down to draw my blood she […]

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This IS Medical Advice

05/08/2014 by Chaya Grossberg Don’t give up, don’t give up on your dreams.I’m tired. I spent the day clearing out my storage unit, loading boxes into and out of my car and my friends truck with the help of 3 great friends. I’d accumulated quite a bit of stuff in 2 years in Portland after moving […]

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If You Feel Crappy You Could Try…Doing Nothing

My friend Jake, in his words, experienced two decades of intense declining psychosis, terrifying and agonizing beyond comprehension. These states were triggered when he was in college and tried out a simple chakra meditation every day for one year. He describes the states of consciousness he couldn’t understand that resulted from it as possibly kundalini […]

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The Pros and Cons of Using Binaries and Spectrums in Discussing Childhood Trauma

by Chaya Grossberg To voice experiences of oppression or inequality, there is sometimes an apparent need to speak in binaries or spectrums that might not be entirely fair or ultimately honest. Yet these binaries such as white/black, rich/poor, and male/female have cultural relevance and reality. My purpose in naming and discussing a binary isn’t to […]

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Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Seriousness

04/01/2014 by Chaya GrossbergAn anonymous opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizes SAMHSA and the peer movement for focusing primarily on the “worried well” and neglecting those with serious mental disorders. I’m writing to tell you this distinction is vague and unfounded. There is no evidence base to support this supposedly clear distinction that the author […]

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The Two Choices Doctors Have For a Sane Person in a Mental Hospital

When I was 20, I faced involuntary outpatient commitment, which is an encrypted way of saying court ordered forced psychiatric drugging.  My life had 2 possible paths before me.  One was freedom to live my life and learn from my struggles and the other was mental health treatment.  It was 2001 and I didn’t know much […]

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How do you Know if You’re Receiving Informed Consent?

03/17/2014 By Chaya GrossbergWhat is informed consent? Informed consent obviously means if you are being given drugs you should know the common and potential adverse affects, drug interactions, risk of dependency and addiction, and counter-indications with other substances, health conditions or health concerns. This is the baseline of informed consent (which many people don’t receive) […]

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