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First Break

By Daniel Frey - with two articles by Jacob Frey

Daniel Frey is the Editor-in Chief & Jacob Frey is the Circulation Director of NYC Voices

"First Break means 'first break' with reality. When I was 22 I experienced voices that no one else could hear and believed things that were impossible to be true (delusions). My experience was an example of a 'first (psychotic) break.'" - Daniel Frey

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First Break: Where Do I Go From Here?
By DANIEL FREY
"My plans fell apart late in my third year of college when I started hearing voices ... Part of the experience was wonderful and spiritual, but part of it caused me to suffer through feelings of great fear and rage."

A Father's Story
By JACOB  FREY
"To my surprise, they took Daniel to an isolation room. I was shocked, he was not a criminal! At that point I felt horrible that I brought him to the hospital."

First Break: An Update
By DANIEL FREY
"it is difficult for me to live with schizophrenia even now. Though I've come a long way since my hospitalizations, ... I don't want to tell people I have schizophrenia ... I fear the shame I might bring upon myself for having this illness"

First Break: One Year Later
By DANIEL FREY
"I'm part of a culture that mocks mental illness, fearing it and misunderstanding it. I grew up doing the same until mental illness entered my life."

A Fathers Story, One Year Later
By JACOB  FREY
"All I could think of was this young man who didn't speak to me was my son ... In a small room he was ill and needed my help."

First Break: "To Be or Not to Be"
By DANIEL FREY
"two overriding facts became clear: my life would never be the same again; and I had a choice of living out of control with the disease or managing the illness with the medicine."

Teaching the Professionals
By DANIEL FREY
"When I was treated as an inpatient by psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and staff, I never imagined these professionals would look to me as an educational resource"

First Break: A Cycle Going Nowhere
By DANIEL FREY
"The good news is that if you face down the dragon your life can resume its course ... Since medications are working virtual miracles nowadays, most people can look forward to going back to school or work."

The Graduate
JACOB, SHULAMIT, & SHARON FREY
"Danny's graduation day symbolized to us a successful return from a long journey."

First Break: Three Years Later
By DANIEL FREY
"Now, with the breakthroughs in new medication and treatment, mental illness can be only a small interruption in one's life."

 


 

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