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Tag Archive: mental health

Dec 31 2011

Storytelling

(Or: Massive Annual New Year’s Eve Note, Vol. 5) [TMI Warning] Many psychologists believe that it’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Some people unfortunately interpret this to mean that we ought to “look on the bright side of life” and “find the silver lining” …

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Dec 19 2011

Yes, We Need Psychiatric Labels

Recently I stumbled upon a Huffington Post article by one Dr. Peter Breggin, who lists himself on HuffPo as a “reformed psychiatrist.” This should’ve told me everything I needed to know, but I read on. The article is titled “Our Psychiatric Civilization” and tries to make the tired point that in this day and age, …

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Nov 24 2011

Antidepressants and Strength of Character

Spoiler alert: They have nothing whatsoever to do with each other. There are different levels of stigma surrounding mental illness. There’s the stigma of having a disorder in itself, the stigma of being in treatment for a disorder, and, perhaps most of all, the stigma of that treatment being pharmacological. People love to hate psychopharmacology, …

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Sep 30 2011

Mental Illness Is Not a Punchline

Damn, I’m certainly on a crusade against humor these days. That was sarcasm, by the way. I love humor. I just think it should be deployed carefully. A few days ago in my Psychology of Personality class, the following happened: Some people were having their own conversations while the professor was trying to give a …

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Jul 21 2011

Got a Job? No Fun For You

[Snark Warning] I read one of the advice columns in this month’s Cosmo. A woman was writing in and asking if it would be okay to wear a top that reveals her tan lines to work, provided the top was modest and work-appropriate. The response was, no, it wouldn’t. Why? Because you wouldn’t want your …

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Jun 20 2011

The Trivialization of Mental Illness

I’m reading a very interesting novel called The Four Fingers of Death. It’s somewhat science-fiction, with a distinctly Vonnegut-esque tone to it–very sarcastic and cynical. The story takes place in the 2020s, and the author, Rick Moody, gives several hints as to the general milieu of the future. Few people have cars as gas is …

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May 30 2011

Some Thoughts on Depression

[TMI Warning] About five months ago, I wrote a post on Facebook (and on this blog) about my experience with depression and how I came to receive treatment for it. I remember feeling very triumphant as I wrote it, because I felt like my difficulties were finally over. This turned out to not exactly be …

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Apr 20 2011

Learning How to be Happy

I’m going to go out on a limb and criticize something even more popular than the things I usually criticize–my school’s Happiness Club.

Jan 26 2011

Preventing Depression

I love it when people who actually know what they’re talking about confirm something I’ve believed for ages. In this case, a study at the Feinberg School of Medicine (that’s Northwestern’s med school) showed that one out of every four or five college students who come to their school’s health center may be suffering from …

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Jan 14 2011

No More Lonely Nights

[This was originally a Facebook note that I posted right before New Year's Eve. It got a lot of positive attention so I figured I'd repost it.] [TMI Warning] Normally at this time of year, I like to write a long note about what I’ve accomplished during the past year, what it all means, what …

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