From Paranoid Schizophrenic to a Life of Service

by Don Karp
(Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico)

I was labeled "paranoid schizophrenic" back in the '70's and had multiple hospitalizations of about a month each over a ten year period. Having survived this battle with my demons, I wondered if I could help others with similar problems. Since I do a lot of journaling, I decided to start writing about my experiences.

It took me 18 years until I finally published my memoir: "The Bumpy Road". This took courage and resiliance, but “I got a little help from my friends”, as the Beatles song says. Meeting an award-wining writer, who asked me to provide her with my manuscript was the beginning of making this publication a reality. She read it and told me, along with many editorial suggestions, “I was so absorbed in the story that I forgot to go to my yoga class! “

Things just seemed to fall into place after that—I was in the “zone”--meeting an artist who did my cover, a web designer who introduced me to social media after designing my page, and a graphics person to do the formatting, and then finally self-publishing in March 2012.

I began to ride the wave of many book events. Getting up in front of a crowd to speak about my life was scarry! “Who cares about me?”, I thought. I managed to get some sales. But was I really helping those in need?

In October of 2014, I took a gutsy leap and enrolled in a course in online marketing. On my very low social security budget, this was a huge leap of faith. I have designed a landing page, and am offering a free ebook for those who sign up for my blog, leveraging my memoir and life experiences to offer comparisons of digital self-help programs to boost self-esteem. In the future I will create products based on what my readers tell me they want. The blog launch will be around the fall of 2015.

Now I feel I am finally pursuing a way to help others based on my own life experiences. Couldn't you do the same?

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Sep 23, 2015
Comment of William Billups NEW
by: Don Karp


I appreciate your response, but diagnosis and early treatment are medical approaches. I oppose the medical model as having no scientific proof, mostly being for control, and harmful. Certainly families can be very helpful, but this needs careful supervision and direction with a therapist who is compassionate and knowledgeable of alternatives to the standard medical approaches.

Please note that the suggested resource link given is for a proofreading service and has nothing to do with schizophrenia or recovery.

Sep 20, 2015
Should start treatment ASAP NEW
by: William Billups

The patient with paranoid schizophrenia should be diagnosed as early as possible so that the treatment may be started soon with the help of the family members. The proofreading services regarding the treatment options for the patients with schizophrenia, I think the family members have a great role to give them suport.

May 16, 2015
contacting me NEW
by: Don karp

My memoir is available from Amazon.
Find "The Bumpy Road" by entering my name in the search: Don Karp.

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Twitter: @bonsbumpyroad


I am also on YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, and other social networks.

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Our self-esteem is at the source of what we do and why we do it. I believe that I have suffered from a lack of self-esteem for most of my life and in the process of defining it and learning more about it, I have become fascinated by it and how it affects every aspect of our lives.

The natural progression for me was to create a website that includes all the lessons and all of the resources that I have used to increase my self-esteem, change my life and move through the challenges of it.

I believe that nearly all people deal with a low self-esteem at some point in their lives. The rest of this site will explain how it all comes about. I will also explain how it effects all of the events that we create in life.

Who Decides What's Normal?

I do not believe that there is a 'normal' for people. In order to judge something as normal, we have to have people who know what that is. Who decides? We have a tendency to consider normal as being grouped in with the majority of people. Again, who is deciding this? I consider normal as 'workable'. So what works for the health and wellness of people is what we need to consider as normal.

So if something is not working for you in your life, it is time to take a look at things and decide how you want them. Since you are reading this website, I can assume that you are searching for answers to some of your life questions. My goal is to help you with that.

My take on life is that we are all 'good enough' just the way we were created. We are all special and unique and each one of us contributes something original and different to this life and to the people in our life. I believe that we need to treat ourselves gently and lovingly because until the day we die (and possibly beyond) we are a 'work in progress'. That's the way it was meant to be. That's why we are here.

This website is created as a gift to share what I know and to help you and the people you love to live a better and more joyful life.

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