Voices Relationships Issue

NEW YORK CITYVOICES: January/March 2003

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A Fairy Tale of Relationships and Symptoms
By ANONYMOUS

"Before I became ill, I was quite popular with the opposite sex, but my confidence plummeted when my symptoms arrived, as my trust issues skyrocketed. I was afraid of any physical contact and getting close to anyone, mainly because they were 'all in on it.' "

Helping Consumers Form Relationships
By FRANKLYN ROBB

"If you would like to have a loving relationship, there are organizations that can aid you to develop friendship, which could lead to you fulfilling your desire. For instance, Friendship Network can help mental health consumers advance from loneliness to having a friend who cares."

"Open the Doors" and Your Heart
By RACHEL LINN

"It was a cold, dark and snowy night when I met with members of "Open the Doors" in Krakow, the southern cultural capital of Poland in the former Eastern bloc, to discuss the possibility of having them featured in New York City Voices."

Love Among the Ruins
By DEBORAH HUDSPETH

"When we are ill, we need more care, attention, and support, than when we are well. It is harder for those who are ill to have loving relationships in their lives. Consumers are more vulnerable than those with other maladies, because they suffer not only physically, but also emotionally."

Psychiatric Medications and Intimacy
By HILLERY BOSWORTH, M.D.

"A problem I don't hear enough about is the impact of psychiatric medications on peoples' sex life. I'd like to hear more because I think discomfort around the subject keeps people from voicing their real concerns. Let's admit it: sex is an important part of life."

Recovery Through Love
By JOHN CARDINALE

"Dr. Beeferman must have called my parents earlier in the week after my visit when it became clear to him that I was in the middle of a psychotic episode. "If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade," said my mom in her reassuring tone."

A Loving Relationship Helped in My Recovery
By MARTY COHEN

"My wife must have realized how isolated I felt being on the ward. She made sure all my friends and relatives called me every day. I received an average of 20 calls a day."

It Takes Work to Be Married
By RODNEY

"I have been married for over two years and I have a hurdle in my life called schizophrenia. It is great being married, sharing your life with somebody you love and will be with for the rest of your life. I do definitely recommend marriage to anyone who wants to do it, but it does take work."

Meds and Sex
By STEVE KAUFMAN

"In this month's article, I will discuss every man's favorite medication, Viagra. I will also answer the question, 'Does psychiatric medication cause impotence (inability to achieve erection).?'"

My Story Has a Silver Lining
By ALICE TSAI

"I graduated at the top of my high school class of 350 students. I also graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, with a degree in English Literature...When I failed to achieve sufficient scores on the MCAT, a test for medical school, I was primed for a breakdown."

My Boyfriend is Making Me Ill
By ROSMARY THOMAS
"I'm experiencing the hurt and pain from my choice to remain in a relationship that is devastating to my stability.

Hot Topics: Love and Intimacy
BY LANCE HARRISON AND FIONA WELLINGTON

"The City Voices relationship column. Still keeping it spicy!" "

Finding Your Own Way, A Column
By CHRISTIAN HUYGEN, Ph.D., Director, Rainbow Heights Clubhouse

"A good relationship (sexual or otherwise) can be a big asset to your mental, emotional and physical health. A bad relationship can be just the opposite…So take your time in finding your own way."

Domestic Violence& Disabled Women
By HOLLY A. DEVINE, MSW,  and CAROL BRIGGS
"Women with disabilities stay in dangerous conditions significantly longer than their able-bodied counterparts"

Hot Topics: Love, Sex and Intimacy
BY COLUMNISTS LANCE HARRISON AND FIONA WELLINGTON

"By taking on this new challenge with its risks, failures and successes, you will grow into a healthier, more secure human being."

Bruni in the City: Online Dating
BY CHRISTINA BRUNI

"Focusing on difference isolates us from others who don't have an illness, when we should be finding common ground."

Love Turned My Life Around
BY WALTER J. KING

"I advertised in a local newspaper looking for a girl with compatible Zodiac signs, she called and we fell in love from the first date."

What My Girlfriend and I Did for Each Other
BY CLIFF SHAINBERT
“Barbara had a significant impact on my life and the way I approach it now.”

Sex and Relationships: Partners with Bipolar
BY A COLUMN BY LANCE HARRISON AND MICHELLE BRUENN

“There’s no sense in trying to determine which me is the real me—in the end, I need the medications if I’m to lead a balanced life.”

 



 


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