blog for mental health 2015 project

Scroll to the end for project details, plus a handy link so you can get involved too.

Changes I’d love to see: (consider them demands, not requests)

Mental health and illness are terms that appear to promote the fallacy that it’s all in the mind. It isn’t; it originates in the brain and neurons and thus is a neurobiological thing, so neurobiological disorder is my proposal. I’d be happy with neurotoxic disease for bipolar – and that’s what my psychiatrist says it is. I think more scientific and less shoowah names would go a long way towards erasing stigma. I would like the name bipolar to change simply because it is so inaccurate.

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The same treatment for all disorders and diseases – do I even need to qualify that one? Mr Spock would rip his eyebrows off at the current logic applied.

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It’d be very good indeed if the media didn’t judge things based solely on people’s diagnoses. Man with bipolar commits crime? THE BIPOLAR DUNNIT! Apparently no other factors matter. There are always other factors, you fucktors.

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I would also love lunatic chic to GTFO, because it’s as cruel and disrespectful as poverty porn (photography). There’s a certain breed of muggles who are titillated by the asylums where people were abused and died, and all the accoutrements of it. Straitjackets ffs! They don’t think about what it feels like to be forcibly strapped on for fucknose how long. Actually they just don’t think at all.

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The dismantling of corporate monopolies where medication production is concerned – fair prices not fat profits. Okay, I googled that and couldn’t find it as a slogan, so it is miiiine all mine. And apparently fat prophets are a thing.

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Early diagnosis helps a shitload with treatment, quality of life and prognosis. If people weren’t so damn nasty about mental illness, more people would get help sooner. I think this one is absolutely essential, in order to minimise suffering. Stigma has the power to maim and kill.

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I live in South Africa and what we need is better state (which is free or dirt cheap, but often poverty stricken and inadequate esp in terms of psychiatry, to the point where hospitals run out of meds) healthcare and cheaper psychiatrists, doctors etc. We have about 50 million people and 37% are unemployed, we rank in the top ten countries in suicide rates. This isn’t important, it’s vital.

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Better disability support and benefits – I bet this point is valid everywhere except Scandinavian countries. Too many mentally ill people are poor, unemployed, homeless. It’s bullshit. It’s inhumane.

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Research to be liberated from the clutches of big pharma. We need research into better meds, fewer side effects, better palliative care and a cure. I’m so sick of reading research paper conclusions that say the research proves that we need more research. Fuck that. Go back and do it properly the first time round. And stop telling us shit we already know.

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The anti psychiatry movement to be derided and dismissed globally. They need to stop standing shoulder to shoulder with $cientology by exhorting us to stop taking meds. It’s irresponsible and can cause increased suffering and suicide. Their understanding of science is deeply flawed and their research is shoddy. Also, they’re assholes.

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Stop offering me magical amulets and crystals and essential oils and other solutions that are crazier than a mentally ill person could ever be.
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Jobs. We have quite specific strengths and skills, we are not our weaknesses. Flexitime jobs created/located for us, plus no freaking stigma in HR please.

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Advocacy groups to have more clout and be heard properly by politicians, lawmakers, money makers and all the movers and shakers. I get the feeling that protesting has been only marginally effective since the end of the Vietnam war. It’s unacceptable and undemocratic.

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I’d really, really love it if certain people stopped treating me (and you too) as a leper. Glazed eyes and a turbo speed topic change as soon as I mention bipolar, being treated as stupid when I’m highly bloody intelligent tyvm. And please please please do not treat me as a pariah when I pissing well tell you the risk factor for the rest of the family to develop bipolar and other issues. It’s short sighted and discourteous and unfair on anyone who would benefit from an early diagnosis. Dammit.
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Let me know what I left out and I’ll edit this post to include it.

tl;dr

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Is that so much to ask?

(Memes made by me, help yourself.)

Here is the offishul project pledge. (The nitpicker nerd editor in me tweaked the prepositions. I jest couldn’t help mahself.)

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2015 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride in, dedication to, and acceptance of mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”

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battlescarred, bright, bewildered, bent, blue & bipolar

43 thoughts on “blog for mental health 2015 project”

  1. You guys get tied down? We have laws against that here in the states, I guess they can do that in extremely extreme cases but not routinely.

    Or were you extreme?

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    1. haha loved the article, there was something specific in there that made me chuckle more heartily (of course specific things that made me cringe) but I forgot! only 2 sips of coffee so far.

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      1. I had to re-read the dang thing to see where I saw a reference to restraints. I must love you.

        Ok, the thing that made me chuckle was the word “shoowah.” You are so clever!

        Oh yes. It was the sentence that said, “They don’t think about what it feels like to be forcibly strapped on for _____ how long.” that made me assume you had been restrained.

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          1. It most certainly is still used quite widely sadly. In The Netherlands there was a case a few years ago of an 18 year old being strapped to a wall for three years. Ignore the hideous terminology in the article – it is a literal translation from Dutch to English and so much gets lost http://www.rnw.org/archive/emergency-debate-over-restrained-boy It is also common in UK ‘care’ homes (I use the term loosely) to restrain residents with dementia etc. Leading to huge amounts of abuse because who makes the call on how dangerous someone is to themselves? A care worker earning minimum wage is the norm. It’s awful that it it still goes on in what we think are advanced countries. Anyway, rant over, your blog post is great.

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              1. Oh of course you are in SA so forgot about the Dutch. Sometimes I feel like I am one step away from being corralled against my will. It’s so frightening. I’m not convinced sometimes that we really have moved that far on from the Bedlam days.

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  2. We are a “restraint free” state, unless you are trying to harm yourself of others then you can be physically and chemically restrained. They still have “safe rooms” in hospitals. I wish my Swiss Cheese brain allowed me to write as brilliantly as you. I write from an emotional aspect-which isn’t bad. I just can’t seem to use my words. Fuck you Latuda!

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    1. And that means restraint free? Hmmmmmm … think it’s like that here too and what does it mean … no restraint unless you’re a danger … or if you’re kinky that way :D

      Everyone writes brilliantly when they use their authentic voice and you do.

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      1. It’s all loop holes and danger to yourself mumbo-jumbo blah blah blah. I still haven’t been tied down..oh my WHERE is this going?! Aww thanks..I feel like I write like a grade schooler. I’ve lost my ability to use big words 😢 from all the meds

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        1. Meds/bipolar are making me fuck things like you’re and your up these days. I cannot even begin to describe how much I hate that. Bloooooody disorder. Feckit. And ja, those loopholes pretty much destroy the alleged law. As for kink – ain’t nobody tying me down tyvm. Muuuuhahahahaha!

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          1. Im using spell check and proof reading like CRAAAAAAAAZEEEEEE-and shit STILL gets missed. GRRRRR I blame it all on the meds. Im not even going to get INTO kink. All I’ll say is Ana is lucky to use SOME of the apparati in Fifty Shades. *Closes mouth*

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      1. LOVE THAT SONG!! Takes me back to the summer we played in my Grampa’s RV when my cousins were here! Oh now I can’t WAIT for it to be warm! There is a method to our “madness” lol 😉

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  3. Have you patented “fuckwittery”? I love that term.
    Excellent post with appropriate amounts of sarcasm and venom to balance the compassion and logic. Your humor makes me smile. I’d laugh out loud but then people would assume I’m cured.

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    1. If I remember right, the first time I read the word fuckwit was in paul theroux’s my secret history (or something like that) in about 1991.

      And thank you so much – and yeah noooo laughing aloud – that stuff just confuses the muggles.

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  4. Oh and in a twist of hypocrisy (since you mentioned Scientology) I saw a clip of Tom Cruise practically manic on some show hyping this “supplement” called Brainstorm. He claims it’s made him super focused and motivated and he gets ten times more done by taking it.
    Yeah, we should pitch our pills but he can have his supplement.
    He needs to be slapped with ten fish and maybe a spiked mace.

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  5. Felicidades profesora! Very thorough, excellent ‘lecture’. I don’t think there’s anything missing. I agree with everything. I also wanted to mention that I loved the quote in a previous post of yours where someone says “normal” people are responsible for wars, the atomic bomb etc and that he (don’t remember man or woman) wouldn’t want his daughter(?) to marry one. Love that so much.

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