I know you said you wouldn't publish any more on this matter today but I just wanted to put my opinion in to this matter: my mother was sectioned when I was 8 and I was put into care. The way my bullies called her 'schitz' was not the same way my social worker called her 'schizophrenic'. It sounds silly to some people that dropping a few vowels could be so offensive but I say to them: think about the difference between 'Pakistani' and 'Paki' (the latter being another insult levelled at me - I'm actually half Sri-Lankan, but what difference does that make to racists, right?)
I had to publish this because your argument is so persuasive. Thank you for sharing.
I'M SO FUCKING TIRED of people refusing to check their privilege and throwing their toys out of their pram every time someone expresses the opinion that something they said was offensive or upsetting. I'm equally tired of people using humour as a 'get out of jail free' card. Just because you're trying to be funny doesn't make it okay. This doesn't have to be an argumentative situation: we all make mistakes. I try hard to check my language but I slip sometimes and I hope that when someone lets me know I don't baw about it and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
I agree entirely, but I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation to have of everyone. Because of that I think it’s just best for people to steer clear of each other if they’re just going to upset each other. For that reason I won’t be publishing the other asks about this waiting in my inbox, but they all say much the same thing. Let’s move on everybody.
I’M SO FUCKING TIRED of being accused of this “ism” or that “ism” or some other “ism” every time i casually and jokingly comment on something of no serious nature. clearly, if i’m discussing something of a serious nature, or how someone is/was treated, i don’t actually feel that way. GIVE ME A BREAK, I CAN SAY THAT BETTIE PAGE WAS CRAZY.
YES, I’M A HORRIBLE PERSON. YOU’VE GOTTEN YOUR POINT ACROSS.
and now i’d REALLY appreciate it if you unfollowed me as i have unfollowed you. i can’t figure out how to block you, and i’d like to be able to stay on tumblr without you constantly pointing out the flaws in my jokes.
I wasn’t actually referring to that. I was referring to calling people ‘schitz’. I actually think you’re right that her public involvement with BDSM at a time when this was absolute taboo may have been a prodromal symptomatic behaviour in the same way that her subsequent extreme involvement with religion may have been. I didn’t call you a horrible person, but I think someone’s violent attacks and subsequent involuntary hospitalization for psychiatric disorder for over a decade is not “of no serious nature”. I’m sorry if I’ve caused you offence but the offence that this kind of thing can cause schizophrenics is probably worse. Just because it’s a joke doesn’t counteract that. We’ve disagreed twice on something, and last time I sent you a polite message explaining that I wasn’t having a go at you - merely that your post had gotten me thinking about cognitive side-effects and how they may be perceived. I wouldn’t call that ‘constantly’. I’ve unfollowed you and won’t be bothering you again with my opinion. I didn’t actually know who I’d reblogged from until your post came up on my dash.
it really bothers me when people are rude, mean or dismissive to people who have incorrect spelling or grammar. the value of a person’s idea is not based in it’s gramatical correctness. shaming people for spelling things wrong is a form of silencing. it especially silences those who don’t have access to a lot of formal education, those who have learning disabilities and others. i don’t care if people spell shit wrong or not. i want people to speak and express themselves and tell their stories, especially those who are often silenced and ignored. people will be afraid to speak if they know they will be publicly humiliated for making spelling errors. so they might not speak. and that scares the fuck out of me. please stop shaming people over spelling. i think it’s bullshit.
There's a documentary on BBC 2 right now called 'The Brain, a Secret History'. This is part one of three, this episode is about mind control - don't know if you'd be interested but I thought I'd mention it! :)
Ah yes! Thank you for the suggestion.. Followers might find it interesting. I got bored of all the basic behaviourism (I have serious hatred for pure behaviourism anyway) so I turned off! Haha.
I have an eating disorder. It falls into neither anorexia nor bulimia as a categorisation. I told someone about it, someone I love. He said "Yeah but then it's not a real one if it's not those two then is it".
I hope your zine can bring some understanding to the "normal" people who don't live under the umbrella.
I’m so sorry you’ve been met with that attitude. I presume you are living with what is referred to as ‘EDNOS’ - ‘Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified’. I have many problems with the diagnostic system of ‘classifying’ psych disorders, not least the one you have come up against (the ‘if it’s not in the book, it’s not real’). I haven’t actually had an EDNOS submission, so it would be great if you could perhaps write a little about what it’s like to struggle with something where you perhaps feel like you belong neither to the anorexia nor the bulimia support systems available… I hope you’re managing to find the help you need.
Your post about William Utermohlen just reminded me of something very similar - are you familiar with Louis Wahn's cat paintings? He was thought to have suffered from schizophrenia, and his paintings reflected the deterioration in his health. An example;
An experimental gene-therapy treatment for Parkinson’s disease has eased the movement problems of a small number of patients and raised no major safety concerns. The study, reported in The Lancet Neurology1, is the first double-blind clinical trial to show a benefit of gene therapy to patients with the neurodegenerative condition.
Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremors, slowness and cognitive problems, and is caused by the death of neurons in brain circuits that makes dopamine. The effects cascade through interconnected brain regions involved in movement, with some areas becoming overactive.
Gene therapy could offer a longer-lasting solution, says Andrew Feigin who led the trial along with Michael Kaplitt and Matthew During. This involved 45 patients aged between 30 and 75 years old, and was funded by Neurologix of Fort Lee, New Jersey, which holds the patent for the therapy.
Half of the patients received an infusion of a virus engineered to deliver a gene called glutamic acid decarboxylase (
) into a brain centre that is overactive in Parkinson’s disease — the subthalamic nucleus. GAD encodes a neurotransmitter called GABA, which quiets neurons in this area. Another treatment for Parkinson’s, deep brain stimulation (DBS), uses electricity to silence neurons in the same region.
The remaining patients underwent brain surgery, but did not receive the gene therapy.
Six months after these surgeries, Feigin’s team measured improvements in both sets of patients using a standardized assessment of Parkinson’s disease that looks at factors such as gait, posture, and hand and finger movements. Patients who had received the gene therapy exhibited a 23.1% improvement on this scale, compared with a 12.7% boost for patients who had undergone the placebo surgery. However, patients given the gene therapy did not, as a whole, see any more quality-of-life benefits than the other group.
Feigin’s team excluded six patients who may not have received the gene therapy because of problems in its delivery. He says that this is justifiable in a small trial intended to test whether or not a treatment works. “If you included people who didn’t get the therapy it could easily wash out the benefit you might see,” he says.
“I’m very excited to see that it’s safe,” says Stéphane Palfi, who was not involved in the trial.
However, he notes that DBS typically offers much more benefit to patients with Parkinson’s disease. And, he adds, unlike gene therapy, DBS can be tuned up or down depending on a patient’s current condition.
i just finished reading a book called "the protest psychosis" by jonathan metzl for a class on mental illness that i'm taking. i highly recommend it. it studies the racial discrepancies in diagnoses of schizophrenia and how they developed along with our societal perceptions of schizophrenia.
by the way, i LOVE this tumblr!
Amazing! I’m going to seek this out. Thank you for your recommendation and your compliment. I can’t claim to be any sort of expert on this topic but I’ve had some interesting classes on it at my school’s psychosis unit; there’s a lot of research in this area going on there not least because we’re in an area with a pretty high ethnic density. I’m hoping to write a couple of book reviews in the zine so I hope I can get this read in time!
Hey, thought you might like this, a bit of a different approach to mental health. Of course, seeing as he's a philosopher he skips over any science (at one point he mentions 'genes and things')
But anyway, here's a link:
And here's a direct link to a stream of the podcast:
This is brilliant! Thank you: I will check it out later. I think philosophers can contribute a lot to the discussion of mental illness. I mean, take Foucault for example! Thanks again for sharing!
Please do not reblog me removing the commentary about how I think this item of clothing perpetuates negative stereotypes that the mentally ill are all dangerous and should be restrained so that ‘Disturbed’ can make money off this image. The commentary was there for a reason: don’t pretend that there are not people out there who find this shit offensive. Thanks.
Yes, I've found that discussing your goals with your psychiatrist is terribly helpful. Because I want to do medicine, it is absolutely essential that I am stable - firstly to complete such a demanding course and secondly so I can deal with the actual job.
An ST5 psychiatrist in CAMHS prescribed a low dose of quetiapine, which helped - but made me very drowsy. My new psychiatrist initially just wanted to up the dose of quetiapine (to 300mg) to try to stabilise my moods. But fortunately, she realised that being unbelievably sleepy (as 300mg would do for me, I'm sure) would make it incredibly difficult to do what I want to do, and therefore prescribed lamotrigine, and I'll only have to go as far as I can tolerate the drowsiness.
I've taken a higher dose of quetiapine (experimenting with the tiredness, as recommended by my psych) this evening, and my eyes are closing and it feels like someone's squishing my sinuses and my mouth is unpleasantly dry (I'm probably going to have to start chewing gum if the therapeutic doses cause these to be a permanent fixture).
I apologize if the writing seems a bit weird, as I said: meds are sending me to sleepiland.
That’s really interesting. I think we can sometimes forget that we might not have the same definition of ‘healthy’ or ‘well’ as those prescribing for us, but if we let them know exactly what we’re looking for from treatment they can see if that is possible / realistic and help us get there. I hope you settle on a drug regime that works for you!
(this is doesnt have to be posted) but ahahha i applied for that course at oxford for undergrad at magdalen. reeeeejected. i had a phone interview since i'm in international student. what a mess that was! D: now i'm at univ of manchester instead, doing neuroscience, and about to graduate! fun times.
Oh man, Magdalen is pretty hard to get into: it’s a popular college because it’s beautiful. Phone interview must have been terrible to get through: I’m awful on the phone! I looked into Neuroscience and the ‘Psychology, Philosophy and Biological Sciences’ degree at Manchester - I think that was it, I forget (It was about 5 years ago now). Manchester was actually my first choice, then Oxford, and I turned down UCL (only applied to three). Couldn’t really say no to Oxford so went there. Really didn’t want to at first but am glad I did. I’m so glad you’re a neuro geek too! You should follow fuckyeahneuroscience if you aren’t already!
You know how on the other ask you said you go to Oxford, by any chance do you know someone called Frankie Roe?
Sorry about the question being rather spontaneous, and if you're wondering, Frankie is my friend's sister :)
I graduated last year, and it’s a pretty big school you know…
…but I took it as a triple honours degree with Philosophy and Physiology.
I really didn’t want to do just psychology as an undergrad. I wanted research experience and it’s really stood me in good stead as a postgrad in a research environment. There’s a very high rate from that course that go into clinical as well. Most of my peers there are now at med school, working as psychologists or in clinical programmes.
It seems that the Royal College of Psychiatrists is hosting a conference called “Transgender: Time to change”. I agree, it is time to change, but time to change for the better. Unfortunately, the inclusion of Julie Bindel, a transphobic radical feminist on the panel gives me little hope that this will be anything near that. You see, asking her to a conference on transgender and transsexual issues is like asking the Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps to be on a panel about homosexuality.
I’m not saying the Julie Bindel isn’t an intelligent and articulate person. In fact, she’s an accomplished journalist with a good body of work behind her. Unfortunately, she deeply hates trans people, especially trans women, and has proven herself to be unable to be objective about the issue. A radical feminist of straight out of the movement based in the 1970s, she has actively and publicly worked to ridicule and debase trans people.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has been very remiss indeed in including Julie Bindel in this, even more so since they don’t acknowledge the fact that she has a history of campaigning against trans people. This is the bio they use on the invitation:
Julie Bindel has been involved in campaigning to end violence against women and children for 30 years. She is the co-editor of The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys, Astraia Press, 2003, and a number of chapters and papers on topics such as domestic violence and homicide, rape, stalking and harassment, and trafficking and prostitution. She currently divides her time between research and journalism. In 2010 Julie was named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the 100 most influential people from the lesbian and gay community in the UK.
She sounds like a tolerant woman with an excellent record, just the sort of person oneshould have on this panel, doesn’t she? Well, this is the woman who ridiculed trans people in the Guardian resulting in a furore and has several times referred to GRS (the genital reconstruction surgery also referred to as sexual reassignment surgery which is a key part of the transition transsexual people follow) as nothing but ‘genital mutilation’.
Hiding the fact that she is so rabidly anti trans makes me very worried, indeed. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has a lot of power over the life of trans people and once again we see trans policy being written by professionals with no personal investment in trans issues and by trans hating thought leaders. No trans associations are involved and none of the leading lights of trans activism in the UK. Christina Richards is trans, which is the single positive, but I fear she will be overshadowed by people who either actively hate us or who have outdated ideas of ‘how to correct’ us.
Yet again trans people are having the control over their futures taken out of their hands. It’s time for this to stop.
This honestly fills me with fear. I am a cis woman, so I have little to no perspective on what it’s like to be trans. However, it seems obvious to me that if you’re going to call a conference on how to make the lives and mental healthcare of trans people better, you’re going to want at least some trans perspective on the board, or co-designed research in which trans participants are empowered to be fully involved. At the very least, please don’t defer to a women who has said:
At least those women were women, and hadn’t gone to gender reassignment clinics to have their breasts sliced off and a penis made out of their beer bellies.
What a disgrace, therefore, that our legacy amounts to this: if you are unhappy with the constraints of your gender, don’t challenge them. If you are tired of being stared at for snogging your same-sex partner in the street, have a sex change.
Yeah, sure, ftm transgender individuals are just lesbians who are too lazy / scared to deal with homophobia. Is she unaware that being ftm doesn’t mean you’re necessarily sexually attracted to women?
Also, those who “transition” seem to become stereotypical in their appearance - fuck-me shoes and birds’-nest hair for the boys; beards, muscles and tattoos for the girls. Think about a world inhabited just by transsexuals. It would look like the set of Grease.
Way to make a disgusting judgement on a vast group of people.
This woman makes me really fucking upset. This is not ok, people.
I’m posting this as reference material for those who sent me a message upset because I called that mother from this ask a monster. There is a HUGE difference between making sure your kids get nutrition and are competent eaters and pinching their fat rolls policing their eating decisions and making them feel shitty about their bodies. IF YOU LET YOUR KIDS ENJOY FOOD AND ACTIVITY THEN THEY WILL BE THEIR HEALTHIEST Not if you do what my mom did. Or what that girl’s mother did who I called a monster. That makes you have anxiety about food/moving/your body BIG TIME. Its not even anxiety about what your parents deem “bad” food. I became anxious about ALL food because I could only hear my Mom’s angry voice policing my body, my choices and my life. Children are so malleable! Children have fresh brains and while they need their parents to guide them, they DO NOT need to be made to feel guilty or bad about something that is fuel and makes us feel good. We need to teach children things with love and positivity not shame and fear. I stand by my monster assessment
fair enough. all i’m saying is that it really doesn’t HELP for her to think that her mother is a ‘monster’. why can’t she be angry about the past but try and resolve her angry emotions instead of building on them? would it really be healthy for her to continue hating her mother, the only mother she’ll ever have, instead of trying to rebuild a relationship? maybe instead, you can help the girl to work through her emotions
i just think (as a social worker) that you, as a role model for so many girls, shouldn’t openly support and aggravate feelings of hatred toward a parent who probably had good intentions but unconsciously projected their own issues onto their child.
what it really comes down to is that neither you or i know the girl in question or her mother. but what i can say is that no therapist would ever tell their client that “yes, in fact, your mother IS a monster.” EVEN in situations of child abuse. you’re not a therapist, but it seems that many girls look to you for a form of therapy, and it’s just a suggestion for you to think about.
just my opinion. :)
Entirely agree with the commentary. Labelling someone’s mother a monster off information provided in a tumblr ask is not ok. It is potentially very damaging. You can express disagreement with her mother’s actions but labelling her unhuman is not going to achieve anything productive. Quit it.
I have a dear friend. Let’s call her P. P has been recovering from anorexia and bulimia for over a year now. She had one year purge-free a month or so ago. She has been in transitional living for like nine months now.
They’re sending her to the hospital tomorrow. To spend her entire Spring Break. Why? Because she lost a few pounds.
This is SUCH UTTER CRAP I can’t even talk about it without losing my shit.
Her vitals are stable. She is active (actually, they won’t let her exercise, which is just so smart), healthy, and yes, she struggles, but she has been eating more intuitively and doing everything she’s “supposed” to do. THERE IS NO FUCKING REASON TO PUT HER IN A HOSPITAL BED FOR A WEEK OTHER THAN TO PUNISH HER FOR NOT EATING SOME BULLSHIT PREDETERMINED AMOUNT OF FOOD AND NOT MEETING SOME BULLSHIT PREDETERMINED WEIGHT STANDARD.
Ignore the fact that she’s naturally skinny anyway. She’s too thin for them. Her BMI is too low. So, because she’s committed to recovery, and because she has to do what the “treatment team” suggests if she wants to stay there (and she does), she’ll spend the next week there, alone, in a state far away from home, and just maybe she’ll gain two pounds.
If you still legitimately believe that you can tell how healthy someone is by looking at them, I feel really sorry for you. If you’re a medical professional who relies on weight and BMI to determine the health of your patients, then shame on you. You should know better. You’re a waste of fucking oxygen. And if you continue to mess with my friends then I will WRITE MORE ANGRY BLOG POSTS ABOUT YOU.