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“ Health for Recovery” Keynote Presentation by Marjorie Jacobs, Training Associate, B.U. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation “Campaign for Recovery” Conference Charlottesville, VA, 9/19/08. MANIA. Inside the crazy house no one sleeps. Mother sings falsetto to the blaring radio,

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“Health for Recovery” Keynote Presentationby Marjorie Jacobs, Training Associate, B.U. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation “Campaign for Recovery” ConferenceCharlottesville, VA, 9/19/08

  • Inside the crazy house
  • no one sleeps.
  • Mother sings falsetto
  • to the blaring radio,
  • talks to strangers
  • over the telephone,
  • changes her outfits every hour,
  • stamps up and down stairs
  • all night long.
We bury our heads under pillows,
  • try to disappear between sheets
  • pray father will make her stop
  • but his shouting and swearing
  • can't subdue her.
  • He dials 911.
  • Sirens and her screaming
  • police officers and her crying
  • handcuffed they haul
  • our mother
  • away.
betty and i
Betty and I
  • My mother...
  • I spent the first half of adult life
  • running away from her
  • afraid I’d be sucked in
  • to her whirlwind of mania
  • spinning around
  • unable to sleep or eat
  • singing opera through the night,
  • changing dresses on the hour,
  • parading like a movie star
  • through hotel lobbies.
I spend the second half of my life
  • running toward her –
  • rescuing her –
  • strokes sizzling her memory,
  • mellowing her to a marshmallow,
  • a sweet teary, diapered dementia
  • resident living only
  • in the present,
  • yesterday blank,
  • future lost,
  • Unable to answer my whys.
  • Today I’m still left with
  • questions to explore
  • and motherly love.
3 universal conditions of life
3 Universal Conditions of Life:
  • Law of Cause and Effect
  • Impermanence
  • Interconnectedness
1 law of cause effect actions for health
1. Law of Cause & Effect: Actions For Health
  • Exercising
  • Mindful Eating
  • Positive Thinking
duke exercise study results
Duke Exercise Study Results
  • Depression Relapse
  • 8% of patients in exercise only group
  • 31% of patients in exercise + drug group
  • 38% of patients in drug only group
  • We are what we think.All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.Speak or act with a negative and pessimistic mindAnd trouble will follow you As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.Speak or act with a positive and hopeful mindAnd happiness will follow youAs your shadow, unshakable.
"Look how he abused me and hurt me,How he threw me down and robbed me."Live with such thoughts and you live in hate."Look how he abused me and hurt me,How he threw me down and robbed me."Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.
  • In this worldHate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate.
2. Impermanence:
  • Actions to Deal With Stress
  • Checking our thoughts, speech, & body
  • Following the Breath
  • Reciting Mantras
  • Writing Rhyming Poetry
  • Smiling
strategy to deal with stress
Strategy to Deal With Stress
  • 1. STOP what you are doing, feeling, thinking.
  • 2. BREATHE from your diaphragm.
  • 3. REFLECT think about what’s happening.
  • 4. CHOOSE a way to deal with your stress.
singing breathing mantra
Singing Breathing Mantra
  • In – Out
  • Deep – Slow
  • Calm – Ease
  • Smile – Release
  • Present Moment – Wonderful



Ants, ants

I’m afraid they’ll get in my pants

crawling around everywhere

I have no space

they’re even on my face

huddling closer to me than my dog

waiting to grab kernels off the cob.

They even like the fresh mint taste

of my new toothpaste

barely waiting their turn on my brush.

They have taken to Listerine and wine

intoxicated they’re zigzagging across pine.

These days I hear myself talking aloud:

Why don’t you go outside to play?

It’s such a warm sunny day!

But my babies don’t listen

and my cajoling doesn’t work

so I just turn on the water

and wish them sayonara.

marjorie jacobs, 7/16/08

3 interconnectedness actions to connect with others
3. Interconnectedness: Actions to Connect With Others
  • Visiting Online Communities
  • Interacting With Companion Animals
  • Practicing Laughter Yoga
of being woven
Of Being Woven
  • Every prophet sought out companions.
  • A wall standing alone is useless,
  • but put three or four walls together,
  • and they'll support a roof and keep grain dry and safe.
When ink joins with a pen,
  • then the blank paper can say something.
  • Rushes and reeds must be woven to be useful as a mat.
  • If they weren't interlaced; the wind would blow them away.
  • Like that, God paired up creatures,
  • and gave them friendship."
online support communities
Online Support Communities
4 premises of laughter yoga
4 Premises of Laughter Yoga
  • Premise 1:Laughter is contagious.
  • Premise 2:Fake it until you make it.
  • Premise 3: Motion produces positive emotions
  • Premise 4:“We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”
local laughter yoga leaders
Local Laughter Yoga Leaders
  • Charlotte James
  • based in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tel.: 434.295.1731
  • Leigh Meredith
  • based in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tel.: 434-975-0262
  • Visit
Contact Me!
  • Marjorie JacobsCenter for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • 617-353-3549
  • email: