Category Archive: Psychopathology

May 21 2014

On ‘Bad Media’ and Bingeing

[Content note: eating disorders] I still think about this article on writing about eating disorders: Ginia Bellafante put it well a few years ago, in a book review for the New York Times:“Anorexia is a disease of contradiction: it demands both discipline and indulgence …. The anorexic disappears in order to be seen; she labors to self-improve as …

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May 13 2014

Help-Seeking and Status

Image credit: Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute

[Related to How to Be a Good Depressive Citizen, this tumblr post and also this one] I want to talk about something that plays out in the communities I love. But first, I want to talk about schizophrenia.* —- There’s this feature of the onset schizophrenia that makes it extraordinarily hard to treat. We call …

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Aug 21 2013

Non-Auditory Voices and Other Quirks of the Brain

March, in Chicago. I’m on my way to the Art Institute, and already late. Music in, coat up around my ears–it’s March in Chicago, after all. I rush by a panhandler sitting on cardboard under a doorway. Wait. Stop. Turn. I’d attended a class with a friend and had been trying to teach myself sign …

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Jul 20 2013

[#FtBCon] Skepticism & The DSM Notes


Tonight at 6:00pm Central (that is, right now), I’m giving a talk about skepticism and the DSM: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This is the link to watch.  Summary: Multiple personalities? Personality disorders? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) contains a list of all recognized mental illnesses. How valid is it? Kate …

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