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Archive for 'Stigma'

How Positive Thinking Poisons Bipolar Disorder

When you are depressed, society forces you to lie.

The Hidden Side of Gia Carangi

We think better of drug addicts than we do of the mentally ill.

PTSD and Bipolar: Vampires in the Warehouse

“You’re controlling me,” he shot back. “I’m the facilitator of this group,” I replied. “I’m supposed to do that.”

Guns and Crazies

The matter of the mentally ill is a bullet fired very close to home. The simple-minded think that marking us with our own special yellow stars solves the problem of Newtown.

Shopping at Moods-R-Us

This is a peeve I’ve had for a long time. I can understand the reasoning, but I don’t like the additional implications. Due to the media, folklore, and other cancers of popular culture, the phrase “mental patient” acquired some bad connotations. Some people didn’t want to be labeled with it because they had been wrongly […]

The First Refuge of Scoundrels

“Madman” is right-wing political correctness for white male terrorist.

I’m Picking on Batman, Again

I’ve gotten in trouble for this before — taken to task not only in the comments section of this blog, but also on Twitter. But what needs to be said needs to be said. Batman is teaching people awful things about mental illness, things that are not true. Take The Joker for instance. How many […]

Bachmann’s Migraines: New swing on stigma

If John F. Kennedy could get us through the Cuban Missile Crisis with the threat of migraines hanging over him, this issue should be dead, cremated, shot into space, and buried in a black hole.

Beyond Stigma Education: Life or Death Politics for the Bipolar

Stand up for your right to be human and to contribute to this society of ours.

Cruel Hacker Tricks: Bullying the Mentally Ill

We who live with mental illness periodically put up with this kind of dirty trickery. I have been subjected to it, but not on the level that Beckie is being made to experience.

Notes on the 2011 DBSA National Conference Part 1

The first big secret divulged to me and a select group of others was that the rumor that Peter Ashenden had been fired by DBSA after embezzling most of its assets1 was not true.2 DBSA had worked itself into the red due to optimistic budgeting based on the assumption that the pharmaceuticals industry would continue […]

The Scary Guy Defense

A friend of mine who is a mental health professional in Germany and I often watch a certain social media site for signs of distress among the denizens. Recently, I dropped her a note about one fellow who struck me as being on the proverbial roller coaster. She shuddered when she checked him out and […]