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Acceptance and Stigma

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Saviors use their perceived vulnerabilities and differences to create, strengthen, and creatively transform community. (170, Monica A. Coleman, Making A Way Out Of No Way ) I recently did an IOOV presentation for a group of pharmacy students who had just learned about personality disorders, so I took them step-by-step through how I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012.  I felt awkward during the presentation, as it was a departure from how I usually present, but it was received very well, with many of the students saying that they could see that there is hope for people with mental illness, so my job there is done.  I am not going to post my whole presentation here, but I am going to post some of the parts that are different from what I have posted previously. ***TRIGGER WARNING: SELF-HARM DISCUSSION*** One of the major criteria is recurring suicidal gestures or self-harming behavior.  I usually do not talk about that here, but I did talk about it during t

February 2015 Book Reviews

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X-Files Classics Vol.1 , written by  Stefan Petrucha , art by   Charles Adlard , published by IDW – As you can tell, this is the month of X-Files and that is a great thing.  I bought the X-Files Classics Vol.1 with Christmas money.  What makes it confusing when ordering is that there are two different sets of X-Files comics called, “Classics” and I believe they each have three volumes!  The one I bought was the original, first X-Files comics (the other set are comics that simply retell the first season of the TV show-I want those too, of course).  These were fun, although I had not realized that I had already read many of the issues, but still, it is nice to have them all collected together.  A theme in the stories seems to be how breaking deadly taboos can be seen as beautifully spiritual or absolutely terrible, depending on the way you look at the situation.  I think my favorite continued series was “Firebird,” which I have reviewed before and my overall favorite was “Trepanni

Warmlines and LGBT Mental Health Resources

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Mental illness can be very isolating.  Depression makes one want to hide and feel unloved, anxiety makes timid about talking/interacting with others, BPD makes one push others away, schizophrenia takes one out of reality and scares other people, mania makes one irritable, eating disorders make one shun eating activities.  Of course, these are generalizations, but I have experienced all of those hardships (yes, I am super DSM girl!) and the fact remains that mental illness is not usually good for anyone's social life.  I used to have no boundaries and so would tell everyone everything about my life and this would overwhelm people and push them away.  Whenever I am depressed, I become super irritable and argumentative. Mental illness is isolating and unfortunately during the time when one most needs to talk, it can be the hardest to find someone to trust, Fortunately, I am glad to report that in the U.S. there are warmlines .  I just discovered them and I wish I had known about