Open Excellence is the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. We are excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website and new look. Come check it out, and join us as we work to bring excellence to the practice of mental health care.



October 22, 2013 by Sera Davidow

The Story of My Perfectly Wonderful Children and the Change WE Need to Make in the World to Save Them

School child with head in handsPlease note:  Although this story is very personal to me, I am also using it as a way to introduce the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community to the readership of the Foundation for Excellence website, so please be sure to read to the end to learn more about our efforts and need for support!

I am someone who has been given at least six psychiatric diagnoses.  (And, that’s just while I was still listening! Perhaps I’ve been given more in absentia, as seems prone to happen at times…)  In the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) – of which I have been a part since its conception in 2007 – sometimes that seems like an embarrassingly low number; Like I haven’t done quite enough to earn my ‘street cred.’  So many people have far more intense stories of human suffering, trauma and resultant psychiatric interventions than I.  Alas, for better or worse, in the broader world, my six are certainly enough to qualify me as ‘other.’

Fortunately for my psyche, my spirit, my children and my community:  Of the six, I claim none.

Read More

Related Blogs

  • Dr. David Healy

    Dr. David Healy

    Dr. Healy is a professor of psychiatry at Cardiff University in Wales and an author on the history of pharmaceuticals and government regulation.
  • Mad In America: Robert Whitaker

    Mad In America: Robert Whitaker

    Journalist and author Bob Whitaker distills the latest in pharmaceutical and mental health research.
  • Selling Sickness

    Selling Sickness

    Creating a new partnership movement to challenge the selling of sickness.
  • Kathy Brous

    Kathy Brous

    A serial of Kathy's recovery journey as an adult with attachment disorder.
  • Nev Jones

    Nev Jones

    Exploring the intersections of psychiatry, philosophy, neuroscience, cultural theory, critical community psychology and the mad/user/survivor movement.
  • 1boringoldman


    Retired psychiatrist and raconteur offers insightful analysis of the day's events from the woods of Georgia.