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Category Archive: Mental Health

Jan 08 2014

Safe Spaces, Free Speech, and the Internet: On Your Right Not To Be Triggered

I should start this probably by saying that I am a big supporter of free speech (the Constitutional concept) and also a fan of the trigger warning, when used by people who are trying to create a safe space.  Trigger Warnings are actually a great way to enhance free speech and allow yourself space not …

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Jul 05 2013

A List of Arbitrary Length: True Brain Facts

Arbitrary and in no particular order! 1. Left-brain, Right brain? No. Staaaaaaaaaahp While it is true that in most adults language is localized in the left hemisphere of the brain, (but not for 40% of left handed people! About 20% have right-side localization and another 20% have bilateral language) and it appears that the right …

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Jun 05 2013

And Then, Square One

Kendell Geers, Master Mistress of My Passion VII, 2010, Jesomite and glass, Courtesy Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles.

This…is part weird announcement, part rant.  I wrote this piece a few months ago, the week I terminated therapy. I didn’t really expect to keep writing full posts about the experience of mental illness. And it’s true. I’ve been managing my eating well. I haven’t been panicky at the prospect of getting dressed in the …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Wildly Inappropriate Things to Say to People With Eating Disorders

1. But you’re not skinny! I swear to god, you’d think daring to have an eating disorder while not being rail skinny was the equivalent of wandering around yelling “I WAS MURDERED” while still breathing. No. Staaaahp. 2. But if you don’t think you’re thin enough, what does that make me?! Bad at understanding mental …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Your Jerkbrain is a Puppy & Coping With Anxiety

Look at this face. Would you yell at this face?

I’m posting every hour on the hour until 6pm for SSAWeek! This post was suggested by William Brinkman. Have something you want me to write about? Donate $20 or more to the Secular Student Alliance and tweet me! An Exercise in Imperfect Analogies Treat your jerkbrain like a puppy. Do you scream when your fuzzy pup pees a little on …

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Apr 28 2013

For Best Results, Trust in God and Use Large Sample Sizes

Belief in treatment credibility and expectancy of success across levels of belief in God.

Earlier this week, Crommunist pointed me to this article in The Atlantic, People Who Believe in God are More Responsive to Treatment of Depression. And ohhh boy do I have feelings and crinkly skeptic eyebrows. [As a side note, I’d like to thank The Atlantic for putting a link to the original research in their footnotes. Nice touch, actually …

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Apr 22 2013

Your ED Friend: Six Years Later

A photographer friend took this for me--a lasting reminder that I can be happy in this body.

[Obvious TW is really glaringly obvious.] “I had an eating disorder.” “I guessed.” We were juniors, boyfriend and girlfriend, officially. Up late and texting, doing that flirting thing where you demand each others deepest secrets and pretend you’re giving yours away. Except I did give mine away. “I had an eating disorder.” I was lying, of …

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Apr 16 2013

5 beautiful things from today

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I’m trying to force myself to be more engaged with the world, which can be difficult to do when you’ve got the imaginary pressure of “must write something brilliant” when really you just aren’t feeling brilliant at all.  Instead, see all of these other brilliant things. 1. Modern Art in Cake Caitlin Freeman makes awesome …

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Apr 15 2013

Boston and the bad that reveals the good

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look …

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Apr 11 2013

So You Want To Talk About Multiple Personalities?

I’ve gotten a few requests over my blogging time to talk about multiple personality disorder. I’ve (half) jokingly told friends that this post would garner me a great deal of upset commenters but here it is.  Important Note: My opinions on the scientific validity of this disorder DO NOT reflect any belief that identified ‘multiples’ …

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