Weekend wrap-up

Weekend Wrap-Up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • NAMI came across a post I did a while back on stigma related to psychosis, and they wanted to publish it, which they’ve done on the NAMI site here. They did a fair bit of editing, and when they initially sent me their edits, my brain was too mushy to notice, although I did catch one edit that changed meaning. Someone who read the post on NAMI got in touch with me to point out an inaccurate sentence and gender and prior violence being the cause of violence in people with psychosis. NAMI added that in on their own; it wasn’t an edit of something I’d actually said in the original post. When I emailed them about it, they said it was their medical director who added that in, and they sent me a link to a study. I happen to be familiar with that study because of research for my work-in-progress,, and it looked at the predictive value of different risk factors for violence, which is not the same as identifying causes. Having arms is a risk factor for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, but that doesn’t mean having harms causes carpal tunnel.
  • It took more effort than it should have, but I was able to talk to my doctor this week and he’s going to fill out my disability form. He was having a hard time understanding what I was saying, which was probably a combination of my impaired speech and him not knowing what I’m talking about when it comes to more experimental treatment options. He’s going to look up the latest grasping at straws option that I suggested (specifically, D-cycloserine), and then decide if he’s on board with that.
  • I have been annoyed with Amazon for a while now. They do strange things with the colour scheme for paperbacks, and it’s more pronounced with some colours than others. I’ve asked them about it, and they just virtually shrug and say too bad, it is what it is. So this past week, I discovered that paper printing uses CMYK (cyan/magenta/yellow/black) colouring, which doesn’t necessarily like the RGB (red/green/blue) colour scheme for the web. Long, extremely bumbling story made short, I got a free one-week trial of Photoshop and was able to finally be satisfied with the stupid cover. That stupid thing has sucked up far more brain cells than it should have. And damn, Photoshop is complicated.
  • The occasional bad rating/review seems like it’s kind of par for the course with publishing books. It doesn’t bother me, but it’s more problematic when there aren’t many other ratings/reviews to balance it out. I remember that happened early on with Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. This week, Managing the Depression Puzzle got a 1-star rating, which I wouldn’t care about except there’s only 1 other rating and 2 reviews. Oh well, such is the author life.
  • It’s World Mental Heatlh Day today, and Maja over at Lampelina did a post about the non-specificity of the green ribbon that’s used for mental health awareness. I did a little more digging, and everyone and their dog are saying almost the exact same thing about how the colour green was used to label/brand people who were insane in the 1800s. Yet no one says where that came from, and it’s mentioned in Wikipedia without citing a reference, which is a bad sign. With further digging, I can’t find any evidence to support that one sentence that everyone is regurgitating. What did turn up, though, is that a popular green clothing dye used at the time contained arsenic, and that could cause psychotic symptoms. Not exactly the same thing, but it makes me suspect that someone got that turned around, and it spread far and wide because it sounded like such a good story.

Forget politics, I want to master this side-eye for general life purposes.

How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books covers: Psych Meds Made Simple, Managing the Depression Puzzle, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

18 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I’m sad about your NAMI experience, because it’s super impressive that you got published by them! Wow!! Great job!!

    I’m glad your doctor’s helping you with disability, and I’m truly sad that you haven’t found a cure for your depression yet! That really bites, and I wish there was a solution for you!! ๐Ÿ™

    I’ve never used Photoshop!! I’m thinking it would be complex! I have a basic mastery of Paint 3D–very basic–but that’s it.

    Oh, yeah, bad reviews. I got a 1-star review once from someone who I think said “Forever Twelve” had no conflict. I can’t sit here and deny it, but that’s my fantasy reading experience, so it is what it is! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think conflict is overrated in life and in fiction, and “Forever Twelve” is meant to be utopian. It’s just a matter of what the reader wants and whether they find it in your book, so don’t let it get you too down!! I can’t imagine why anyone would dislike your depression book since it was loaded with stuff that I didn’t know, and I majored in psychology! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I just wrote you a quick 5-star review on Amazon to counterbalance the score!

    My week has been stressful! I just had way too much going on!! Yikes! I’m feeling better now, so it’s all good!! Here’s to a better week for us all starting tomorrow!!

  2. Oh, that’s really crappy about NAMI!
    I hope if your doctor will be willing to try any more experimental treatments, something will work and help you at least a bit.
    How awfully unfair with your book rating! It definitely does not deserve a 1 star rating and especially if you have so few ratings to begin with it’s a huge shame that someone was so nasty, I can’t think of a reason why they would do that because your book was really good and it’s not a novel with a plotline that you can like or dislike, here I think people should be rating the overall quality of information.

    1. It seems like there are some people that just like leaving negative reviews on anything. I’ve noticed that on other people’s books, too, regardless of how good the book might be.

  3. Itโ€™s hard to know if you have mostly sunny with a few clouds (NAMI sabotage, bad reviews, RBG v CYMK) or clouds with a break of sun

    Glad your doctor Will help you fill out disability. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

  4. NAMI Buggers! Okay, I can’t un-see the Kamala gif. Meh week. I’ve quickly learned that being a “father” to young adult males is not the same as being a “dad” to little boys.

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