Book cover: But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale
Book Reviews

Book Review: But Deliver Me From Crazy

But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale is a memoir of living with bipolar disorder. You may know Katie from her blog, Bipolar Brave. She also contributed a story about bipolar I to my book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. The book begins when Katie was in high school, when her illness first… Continue reading Book Review: But Deliver Me From Crazy

the problem(s) with involuntary psychiatric treatment
Mental Illness Treatment

The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

Mental illness is fairly unique in that laws allow for treatment to be imposed involuntarily. I'm not against involuntary psychiatric treatment entirely, and it can play an important role, but there are some things that can and should be done better. When involuntary treatment is necessary Working as a nurse in community mental health, there… Continue reading The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

This post is by Heidi of Here Are My Brains. © Heidi Seacrest Insanely Genius My experience with schizophrenia started with a curiosity for the truth. That curiosity for truth led me into a passion for knowledge, which led me down a road of spirituality and esoteric concepts. You could say there are two roads… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

book cover: My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude
Book Reviews

Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude is a gripping, up close and personal look at what it's actually like to experience psychosis.  The author's honesty and complete openness quickly shatter any stereotypes of psychosis being frightening and dangerous. The book begins with the events leading up to the author's first episode of psychosis.  When she… Continue reading Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

book cover: The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weiijun Wang
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang gives insights into her life with schizoaffective disorder and some of the major issues she's faced as a result. Want uses the term schizophrenias to refer to primary psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.  Her initial diagnosis was bipolar disorder, and it took 9 years to… Continue reading Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Coconut Heels

This post is by Coconut Heels. Hospitalization & Hallucinations There’s such a fooled heart beating so fast in search of new dreams A love that will last between your within your heart I’ll place the moon within your heart.– As The World Falls Down by David Bowie The weight of all the world Can blind… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Coconut Heels

Book cover: Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen
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Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen II, a book about living with a psychotic illness, is offered as a free download from the author's blog, Mental Health Coping Skills Blog by Leif Gregersen. The author has schizoaffective disorder, and this book focuses on his most recent hospitalization, which he describes as being unimaginably painful. … Continue reading Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

reasons for admission to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in 1864
Mental Health

What Made You Lunatic Asylum-Level Crazy in 1864?

I stumbled across this gem courtesy of Kate et al. of Colour of Madness.  It lists reasons people were admitted to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia in its first 25 years of existence, from 1864 to 1889. The building is still around, but now it's a museum/ghost tour operation. Trans-Allegheny "diagnoses" There… Continue reading What Made You Lunatic Asylum-Level Crazy in 1864?

Mental Health

Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond

Public domain This post is a follow-up of sorts to a guest post I did recently on Renard's World.  While that post focused on the dark side of psychiatry in the 1900s, in this post we'll look even further back in history at some of the frightening goings-on in early asylums to "treat" people with… Continue reading Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond