The next Marya Hornbacher book is coming and could be a game-changer: “I really don’t know what it’ll be called. The subtitle will be about healing and recovery in American mental health, something like that.”
This is my pick of the week, all five pages of it. If I had a support network, this is the article I’d ask them to read.
Everyone Assumes You’re Violent: Realities Of Being Bipolar. Mental illness is a lot like sex, in the sense that you hear about it all the time, but almost everything you hear is wrong. Just look at bipolar disorder — a seemingly straightforward disorder that causes wildly veering periods of mania and depression. For reasons of laziness, and the generally low number of practicing psychiatrists who are also screenwriters, it’s often portrayed by Hollywood as “generic crazy person’s disease.” As a result, people with the disorder are forced to deal with the double-decker suck-bus of a life complicated by mental illness, and having everyone around them think they’re a dangerous lunatic just waiting to bloom.
UK: Mental health background checks: new guidance issued by Home Office
Detention under Mental Health Act alone may no longer be included on criminal record certificates under latest guidelines.
Ghana: Mentally ill being denied healthcare. Nana Kweku Appiah-Nti, Regent of Assin Breku in the Central Region has raised the alarm over homeless mentally sick persons being denied healthcare and bussed and dumped along communities on the Kumasi-Cape Coast trunk road.
New York: Bad Medicine. The de Blasio administration’s strategy for dealing with mental illness is to ignore the most seriously ill.
“The bravest people I know are all struggling with mental illness – and brave people deserve jokes that are on their side. That sounds stupid, but there’s a huge difference between a sick joke and a sick joke from the heart.” John Robertson: the only normal people I’ve ever met were idiots. TW for suicide there, he makes jokes that might shock you.
Marine Veteran Overcoming Bipolar Disorder And PTSD With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
When living with bipolar disorder changes your life
Pakistan: Things your brain tog is trying to tell you
The 5 stages of dating with bipolar disorder
Work and Love: A Psychotic’s Recipe for Recovery
Self Care, Mental Illness and Black Tragedies
At other times, during mixed states, which are a horrible combination of mania superimposed on depression, I’ve felt like I want to rip my own skin off. There’s a horrible agitation and restlessness to it—like your flesh is going to fly off your bones. And thinking clearly becomes impossible. Even the simplest two-step task—because you think all you have to do is get from A to B. But when a thousand thoughts come hurtling through the space between A and B the ground beneath you just sort of gives way. Sometimes it can feel like you’re just hanging by your fingernails. It’s scary as hell. – Juliann Garey
Hemingway’s eldest sister Muffet, 65, is bipolar and schizophrenic. “My sister was in and out of hospitals for years,” she says. “She wasn’t diagnosed until she was 17 or 18. My WASPy parents would say she is going off for college and then we’d pick her up at a state hospital. I just wondered why there were bars on the window.” Mariel Hemingway: I want to break the stigma of mental illness. Muffet. I can’t help wondering if she sat on a tuffet.
How to tell the difference between bipolar disorder and depression: “Divergent Urinary Metabolic Phenotypes between Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Identified by a Combined GC-MS and NMR Spectroscopic Metabonomic Approach” Journal of Proteome
Fibromyalgia Severity Linked to Depressive and Bipolar Symptoms
Elderly bipolar disorder cases surge in South Korea
Choice of method in attempted suicides reflects risk of subsequent suicide
Researchers identify the source of the debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis: As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember.
Australia: 1 in 5 veterans to suffer from mental disorders
Social connections may keep women from suicide. New research suggests that friendships and outside activities offer protection against suicide, even for women who struggle with mental health issues, such as depression.
Carrie described how she’d named these moods “Rollicking Roy” and “Sediment Pam.” Roy takes her on incredible highs during which her mind races so much that she can’t sleep, sometimes for days. Pam stands for “piss and moan.” Pam stands on the shore and sobs. She’s in charge of Carrie’s low moods. As Carrie explains it, Roy is the meal and Pam is the check, and anyone who has stayed awake for days is likely to wind up psychotic. Which is what happened to my daughter. – Debbie Reynolds
A closer look at Hellblade, Ninja Theory’s psychosis-exploring hack and slash: Hellblade is a story of Senua, her struggle with psychosis and an exploration of what it means to be impacted by mental illness. Ninja Theory is vocal in its desire to do justice to mental illness conditions and raise awareness regarding just how seriously they can damage the life of not only those living with the illness, but also the loved ones that surround them. We’re told that a great amount of time has been spent talking to people with mental illness and consulting with professors and experts on the subject in order to portray the nature of this debilitating reality.
Hollywood takes on troubled minds with summer slate of films: Hollywood has come a long way since portraying someone with mental illness as a monster, instead bringing characters to the big screen whose mental struggles look more like the ones experienced by many people in everyday life. The industry’s more realistic approach to such conditions is on abundant display this summer. At least half a dozen recent releases reflect nuanced characters, both real and fictional, facing mental illness.
8 artists who suffered from mental illness
The Most Lamentable Tragedy Might Be a Masterwork, But That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Want to Hear Titus Andronicus’s Bipolar Rock Opera Again. Whatever else is true, Stickles has, among his other accomplishments, managed to do something few of his fellow sufferers ever manage to do, which is to replicate the experience of thralldom to the bipolar spectrum. Not just the individual highs and lows, but the hellish process of it, the helplessness. It’s an impressive accomplishment on many levels, and it might even be a great piece of art. But that doesn’t mean you want to live through it again.
This song is about tripping on ketamine in the Dali museum. Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander, who went through the k-hole, said that the ketamine cancelled out the surrealism, so he felt completely normal. I thought I’d show you guys this, because of my recent post about ket and the very cool discussion in the comments afterwards.
This has absolutely nothing to do with bipolar…