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I was hospitalized twice for psychotic episodes, followed by a six month stay in a halfway house. I was already lucky enough to be deeply politicized as a gay man. The pain of stigma had taught me to be vigilant against allowing others to name my experience for me. Rather to look at this time as sickness, I came to view it as a period of spiritual crisis during which I experienced a natural albeit frightening aspect of human capability. I was crazy, psychotic, grandiose and paranoid. I was also closer to the center of mystery and miracle of my life than I had ever experienced.

Peter Tenney, Client