Posts Tagged: Mental Illness
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Your Selfie Realization

Perhaps you are on your way to the gym, listening to some hip-pop anthem to get the blood going. You think: yeah, that sounds good. "We are gonna run this town tonight." "I do want that cake cake cake cake."

There is a slight slippage of ego as you meld with the persona in the song—staring into the mirror to find you are mouthing out a rogue, “Westside!,” or whispering with a little too much conviction: "I am a god." A glittery EDM beat comes in, lifting you up, rollercoaster style, to the bridge of the track, where, adrenaline spiking, you become your true self—which is to say, [...]

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Wacky Plush Toys Bring Joy Of Mental Illness To Soft, Huggable Life

Here's the perfect gift for the neurotic in your life: "A German toymaker has unveiled a controversial new range of animals which all have psychiatric illnesses…. 'Patients' from the Paraplush toy company include Dub the turtle with severe depression, Sly the snake who suffers from terrifying hallucinations, Dolly the sheep with a multiple personality disorder and a crocodile with an irrational fear of water."

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This Restraining Order Expires On Tuesday

The first time "Misty" broke into the backyard to pound and scream at the bedroom window, the police handcuffed her and said—her face pressed to the hood of the idling black and white—that she was not to return. I figured we would never see her again after that early morning in 2012. But the next night, around 1 a.m., I was in bed with my new boyfriend, "Scott," and we heard the bedroom door slowly crack open. Scott jumped up. "No! You can’t be here!" he shouted, all high-pitched.

At the end of this calendar year, our second restraining order against Misty expires. The Misty saga (this is the truncated [...]

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The English Patient

There's a rather remarkable letter in the current London Review of Books concerning the treatment of Britain's mentally ill. It begins this way: I have been in and out of NHS mental hospitals for more than forty years. The first, following a suicide attempt, was Bethlem Royal, the old Bedlam, by then moved to a huge semi-rural site near Beckenham. On arrival my first feeling was of immense relief; I was in a safe place and didn't have to worry any more. One almost never saw a psychiatrist; 'treatment' consisted of tranquillisers that kept one calm and anti-depressants that did nothing at all; this was in the days before Prozac. [...]

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Mental Problems Made Us Who We Are

"In the industrialised world, roughly 1 person in every 25 has severe mental disorder, and nearly half of us will experience some kind of mental illness during our lives. Many conditions, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as developmental conditions like autism, are at least in part inherited from our parents. If they affect people's chance of survival you would expect natural selection to have eliminated them, but instead they persist at high levels. Some argue that these genes bring benefits – mental illness and genius have a long-standing link – but archaeologist Penny Spikins at the University of York, UK, goes further. She believes that mental illness and [...]

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Medical Notes From All Over

AdFreak points to this St. Louis Riverfront Times article about physician Alexander T. Kalk, whose dramatic downward spiral into mental illness went mostly unnoticed by authorities. The story is so bizarre that the ad above (and others Kalk placed in the same paper, one of which was Star Wars-themed) might be the least unusual part about it. Worth a look.