Dismayed

Scrolling through the mental-health tag here makes me sad. So many people are suffering.  Why are there so many blogs devoted to pain and anguish when we are still shoved into the shadows? 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness this year. 25%. That's a higher incidence of almost every other kind of … Continue reading Dismayed

Physicians 

Some day a medical student in this country will be required to compete more than a 4 week rotation in psychiatry before they are loosed upon unsuspecting psych patients in places like emergency rooms. This doctor, who wanted to give me haldol or I don't even remember what, but they both involved akathisia, hadn't bothered … Continue reading Physicians 

Advocacy #1

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness in a given year. Look at your friends list. Look at your family. 1 in 5. If that isn't you, then it's someone close. If you have 100 friends on Facebook, odds are somewhere around 20 of … Continue reading Advocacy #1

Clarification 

I feel like I need to clarify just a couple of things.  This flipping bouncing ultra-radian cycling I'm doing is definitely not normal for me. At all. It might be what was happening to me when I first sought treatment back in 2008, but it has definitely not been part of my experience for the … Continue reading Clarification 

Reality

So the press wants to attribute Carrie Fisher's cause of death to "sleep apnea." Sorry, I call bullshit. This woman died of Bipolar Disorder and the complications involved in having, dealing with and treating a severe mental illness. Calling it "sleep apnea" is very much like the early days of AIDS when doctors wrote down … Continue reading Reality