im just gonna keep reblogging this because EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ AND REBLOG (NOT JUST LIKE) THIS RITE NOW. i havent read a post on tumblr that covered so many important points on transmisogyny in queer spaces so well in a long time. and seeing as how no one ever seems to really have…
A Different World - The Twelve Steps of Christmas
watch this episode here
anyone tried lamictal and if so did you die from it
I tried it and I’m still here :)
I developed a rash, and some sensitivity to the sun - but they weren’t fatal. I just got in touch with my doctor and stopped using it.
Everyone reacts differently…
hey just want to say my good friend took lamictal and had a terrible reaction. It also really helps some people, I’m truly only saying this in case OP takes it and has a bad reaction like within those hours after taking it. that’s what happened to my friend and it was really important to just sit with him during those hours after because he got really sad. again, not a diss on this medication at all, just a message for original person, dumpad. <3
You can access the full report here, though major TW because it describes specific instances of abuse: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/documents/ppb_findings_9-12-12.pdf
I am rejoicing!!! That sounds so cool. social justice are the magic words. the magic words which indicate a school is worth looking into. I love that you can overlap what you’re doing, especially with art!! I made a link to the Charcot wikipedia. <3 <3 ~~mentally ill and mouthy~~ <3 <3
NICE!!!! this is awesome news. Toronto is so sick! Yes I feel like I should have mentioned Toronto more specifically - is Ryerson part of UToronto? Canada and the UK are what’s up. Ireland…
I took a free coursera class with Charmaine Williams from Utoronto called The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness and it was ridiculously good. I didn’t know that there was such an emphasis on mad stuff and i didn’t know there was undergrad! I hope there’s some highschoolers out there who just squeeled!
Also, what! Your degree sounds amazing!! Do they ever use the phrase “Arts Based Inquiry”? Is that basically what you are doing? Feel free to tell us more about this! Art as your thesis statement… So cool. I’m smiling :D
yes!! self-made majors is a path. I went to a small liberal arts school and got a double major in psych and cultural studies basically. this worked for me and i am very grateful. Once Carl Jung and Karl Marx were seated at the same table in my mind? wow, yes. helpful.
Another way to try to study madness is through a lit major, because then you have access to knowledge about all those victorian books with the mad-woman-in-the-attic trope. I don’t know anything about that, but I do know that one of those tv adaptations scared the shit out of me as a kid. Hahahaha.
But yeah building your own major is a great idea and my point is that you could pull from all sorts of different fields: psychology, cultural studies, critical medical anthropology, disability studies, black feminism, queer theory, tumblr, Bjork albums, go.
Or if you’re on a totally different path and you’re like, getting your 2 year dental hygienist degree but u also want access to mad studies, then i think start with michel foucault’s madness and civilization which to me is like, shakespeare, whatever, just force yourself. then read that Jijian Voranka piece called Bipolar Britney, then, read Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington, and from there you can self-direct to wherever you need to go.
from the attic,
Hi :) Thank you so much. You’re welcome <3 <3 <3 :)
Yes! Ahh yes, I do think there’s such a thing. You’re so right for recognizing and respecting the differences in heritages of the same atrocity. Those nuances are so important to honor at all times so thank you for being specific and clear <3 Thank you for what you’ve shared.
As you probably know, nazi “science” like eugenics is rooted in u.s. white american racist “science” which emerged after 1865 when “slavery ended” and was 100% a part of white supremacy. all this stuff is connected. honestly euthanasia is an intense topic and I lost my train of thought while writing this.
I have a saying, “unlike economics, emotions trickle down” and i stand by this. trauma is multigenerational. Violence “throws shadows” and foreshadows and I do think there’s such a thing as mad holocaust survivors of later generations. <3 Thought provoking.
I AGREE1!!!!! I don’t know of any Mad Studies programs at all. There are some classes within Disability Studies programs but most of them are like for your Masters and stuff. In fact, in a recent Disability Studies Quarterly journal edition about Madness (the first edition ever devoted solely to madness i might add), there’s an article and the researchers are like “ok, we looked, we’re back, and we’re here to say, that mad studies has no academic safe haven.”
We have to create it ourselves.
I’m so sorry for the delay. Have you started? How are you? I’m pretty sure I really like Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I was treated with DBT, (tho I didn’t realize it at the time) and it helped me. It helped me slow down my thought process and become much more self-aware. I went from being a pinball to being a wizard. I became less reactive and started feeling less shame and more ownership of my mistakes and my life. Before DBT I felt sorta victimy about my life, I felt like people were making me feel things. It was indescribably freeing to realize that most of the time people were actually only influencing my feelings and I actually have a lot of power and agency in terms of my inner world and my outward reactions to others. This ultimately made me a way better feminist and person. Because now I am equipped like you wouldn’t believe! with the emotional and intellectual skills to understand when I am playing victim and when I am actually victimized. This only adds to my power. I hope you are doing okay. I hope you are finding power with a good counselor. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me again. <3
Thinking of you,