Tagged with Social Issues

People Who…

people who experience mood swings fear voices visions each other on the internet for advocacy and support I don’t know where to start to talk about Sylvia Caras. Award-winning mental health consumer advocate, speaker and author, founder of the Madness group and of People Who, Grandma, and a really together lady. I really look up […]

Pathologizing Poverty

The 2002 report of the US Surgeon General says that 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed as mentally ill. I believe that statistic reflects the unfortunate fact that minor differences in temperament, coping style, cultural affiliation, and even socioeconomic status are being pathologized by out-of-control sickness-manufacturing industry. Does the Surgeon General consider a depressed […]

How Stigma Works

Some of the folks on Pendulum and The Bipolar Planet may remember back in 1999/2000 when my employer gaslighted me. Things like writing me up for being unable to get to work during a flood. Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that would have improved my productivity. No, really, […]

Family Values

There has been a lot of verbiage in the media lately about how marriage is a Sacred Institution. Atavistic politicians go on and on about how giving same-sex domestic partnerships the same benefits as marriage would be a financial burden on employers and social services, and possibly bring about not only an end to civilization […]

Sending Mentally Ill Soldiers Into Combat

From CNN Report: Mentally ill troops forced into combat The paper reported that some service members who committed suicide in 2004 or 2005 were kept on duty despite clear signs of mental distress, sometimes after being prescribed antidepressants with little or no mental health counseling or monitoring. Those findings conflict with regulations adopted last year […]

NAMI Hurricane Aid

I do not have the words to express my anger over the lack of response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Too little, too late, they are saying. I would be a much harsher critic. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is responding to the needs of the mentally ill […]

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