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Q&A with Bestselling Author Jonathan Harnisch (2015) HD

I love my fans, friends, and students at Northwest Missouri State University! At the end of the second class within this webcast I had the amazing opportunity to meet with one student in particular with whom I was able to listen, and connect on such a deep and personal level which resulted in my decision to delete that section from the public arena and simply keep for myself. It was enormously touching, heartfelt, and personally special to me, that I keep the clip for my own reflections, and as a reminder that what I am doing in life, and in general, is worth it. My goal has always been to touch one person who is not already a friend or family member, and my job is done. My work means the world to me. This was a difficult Q&A session with a lecture because the Internet connection in Missouri kept going out, and this has been my very first live Q&A session. I particularly enjoyed the one-on-one chatting via FaceTime with many students, fans, and whom I consider new friends of mine. Thank you so much to all of you at Northwest. I am still on the fence as to whether or not I will keep up with attending class and co-teaching. Opportunities in the future will always lie ahead. I learned most from this Q&A, to pace myself better, take my time, and that there is not a need to be “perfect”. Slow and steady tends to win the race. Again, thank you all and please enjoy the video, and so, ‘nuff said, as they say and onward bound as usual for me. Hope you all enjoy! —Jonathan Harnisch



I love my fans and friends! Wake up with your pal in The Hot Club once again, Jonathan Harnisch on this Manic Monday, 1-26-2015 manic and fun-fun, fantastically fun day in a Jonathan way. Enjoy and share away, let your cares away, and play, this one is a rocker in the vein of the prolific and hilarious ON THE ROAD and A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ECCENTRIC MAN. Puppy dogs and ice cream, no cheery, just kidding, cherry on top, top-notch and hugs with 100 hearts all around from your friend with schizophrenia, Jonathan! P.S. YOU MUST SEE "THE MORNING AFTER" OMG it is the best of my best, even better than ON THE BUS and WAX if you ask me. MORE TO COME NEXT WEEK. SIGNING OFF —J. #PEACE. Outward bound, and onward with the ebb and flow of life and love… XOXO—XOXO—XOXO.



JONATHAN HARNISCH ON THE ROAD - Jonathan Harnisch Media Blog
Schizophrenia Raw By Jonathan Harnisch Podcast on iTunes Episode 160

Recovering schizophrenic Jonathan Harnisch and the occasional guest, speak candidly and openly about living with mental illness.

Recorded on 23 January 2015
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Initially diagnosed with depression in 1994 at the age of 18, I was prescribed antidepressants, including the newest of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Unfortunately, the SSRIs triggered mania, and to combat it, I began to drink, which intensified my psychological instability and led to an addiction that I was finally able to overcome when I was 26. However, as difficult as the disorders have been, in many ways, I have been blessed. Many call me a gifted artist, and I have frequently used my art to exorcise my own demons of isolation and loneliness. In 1998, I dramatized those issues in my award-winning film Ten Years, which I produced, directed, and wrote while attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, I once again dramatized those themes of isolation and loneliness in another award-winning film, On The Bus, which in addition explores the horrors and chaos of mental illness. Through the eyes of the main character, we see the uncontrollable, tumultuous symptoms of schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as brought on by a random act of violence. A single act of violence rarely causes severe mental illness. Current research indicates that mental illness is generally a result of a genetic predisposition combined with environmental factors. My case would seem to validate that research, as there is a history of mental illness in my family, and I have suffered repeated trauma. Whatever the genesis, beginning in 2009 and culminating in the summer of 2010, I experienced a severe psychotic break that manifested in inappropriate, violent outbursts and regnant destructive behavior. Ultimately, however, this break brought me the help I needed, including a comprehensive psychological work-up that provided an accurate diagnosis and the right medication. Now, psychologically stable, I invite others to behold my candid daily encounters with the symptoms of schizophrenia. I willingly and genuinely share my life through my written blog, and with my iTunes podcast “The Real Me”, both easily accessible right here. In the vein of prolific figures such as Elyn R. Saks and Kay Redfield Jamison, I illustrate my personal ongoing struggle with chronic mental illness, nurturing truth, acceptance, and community. My art, imagination, and various creative outlets are simply my own catalyst for continuous resiliency and recovery. I turn another engaging and uplifting page of my story. I hope to impact others positively through my publicized journey of how one individual copes with the perpetual rollercoaster of schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome. I consider myself a still-recovering schizophrenic, an accomplished writer, producer and musician, who blogs and podcasts about mental illness and New Age ideas and transgressive literature.

Jonathan Harnisch



1-20-15 NWMOSTATE JONATHAN HARNISCH: GUEST SPEAKER - Jonathan Harnisch Media Blog 

Class Agenda:

• When should someone seek assistance?
• What is a diagnosis?
• When do we diagnose?
• How come Thomas Szasz, (Psychiatrist; 1920-2012) says society creates abnormality?
• (Ironically, while Szasz's political position (that people should not be locked up just for being different) prevailed, many in the psychological and psychiatric professions rejected his theoretical position (that there is no such thing as mental illness). For example, Kety (1974), responding to Szasz's statement that mental illness is a myth, collected all the evidence for genetic influences on schizophrenia. He concluded, "If schizophrenia is a myth, it is a myth with a strong genetic component" (p.961, “The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct,” 1961.)
• What are some of the historical treatments of mental illness?
• Who have been some of the first early names for writing treatments?

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Harnisch, Author of Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography (2014), Second Alibi: The Banality of Life (2014), Sex, Drugs, and Schizophrenia (2014), and Lover in the Nobody (2014); Film Producer and Screenwriter of On the Bus, all of which are studied in the genre of mental illness and schizophrenia, in particular, based on Harnisch's personal experiences, and also being taught by Dr Edwards, PhD-MBA, at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO.

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Northwest Missouri State University is a public institution that was founded in 1905. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,542, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 370 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar. Northwest Missouri State University's ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 80. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,156 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,407 (2014-15). (Source: U.S. News & World Report.)

Thank you for taking the time and interest in mental health education and advocacy. More to come; it has been a true pleasure to be a guest with the 2 featured back-to-back classes; the first day of the trimester, had not been recorded properly. This recording on January 20, 2015, is the second class day of the trimester; Abnormal Psych. Please spread the word for mental health awareness. Next up will include a Q&A with author, Jonathan Harnisch, and material on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), definition, symptoms, and so forth.
Thank you, 

— Jonathan Harnisch, Twitter:



I competed Melt Away while undergoing a dark, deep experience with depression, existential despair and with new tears for old grief. I am glad to see so many people have been appreciating my movies' inherent beauty. I thank you, all, to God, and to all my fans, friends, and family for playing such a very special role in these experimental pieces, although perhaps without you knowing it. I am brought to a deep sense of nostalgia for good times long gone, from lost film footage in the archives here at the production office to experimenting into the depth of new ground, and new artistic expression. I suffer from a rare and comorbid mental health diagnoses, namely those within the schizophrenia and autistic spectra. My mental illnesses have blessed me over the years with many creative gifts. So, with immense gratitude, I thank you, my muse, wife, and my family, friends, and fans.



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I competed these films while undergoing a dark, deep experience with depression, existential despair and with new tears for old grief.