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I was born of very working class parents, did extremely well in the 11+, but experimented with drugs in my teens, I was 18 in the magic hippy summer of 67, and ended up in Mental Hospital, diagnosed with Schizophrenia. In my late 20s, I returned to college to study Architecture, my childhood ambition, gaining an Honours degree and post-graduate diploma and then worked in Architecture. I am now retired at the age of 60, in the year 2009. I presently do voluntary work, help run a Hearing Voices Group, sculpt, write and paint.
At present, I am on anti-psychotics. I have tried to cut them down and come off them many times, but each time I have failed miserably. For the moment, I have given up trying.
Seeing a Nutritionist from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) helped me a lot. I also see a Homeopath. I gave up street drugs and alcohol a very long time ago. I am a strict vegetarian, and don't eat eggs either. I now try to lead a moral and ethical life, not always successfully. I also meditate. I am a member of Mensa, the high IQ society, left handed and a trainee mystic.
Some of my past poems contain some violent imagery. I wrote these before 9/11. Since then, I have decided that there is far too much violence in the world. I found it sad that it took this for me to realise it, when there has always been far too much violence. I now try to be totally non-violent in thought, word and deed. Also, some of my past writings can be construed as being Anti-Christian and anti the Holy Bible. This is a mistake. There is a lot of goodness, love and wisdom in Christianity and the Holy Bible.
John Exell has created the following interesting items:
Food For Thought
Voices from Within and Without
It doesn't do you any harm to feel your own pain
RATIONAL VOICE HEARING
The Experience of Hearing Voices
The Relativity of Mental Health
Tales from the Front 43
Who Could Blame Him
A Hearing Voices Group
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
Poetic Moon Beam 1
H.R.H. PRINCESS DIANA R.I.P.
The Day the World Stopped
The 5 Senses
Recovery 2007 Style
Herbas Hill View
Totem Pole 1 - sculpture
Survivors' Poetry have brought out a 32-page booklet of John Exell's poetry, "Chanting Diamonds", price £4, available from Survivors' Poetry
E-mails to John can be sent via our Contact page