Bless me bloggers for I have linked; it has been 11 days since my last linkdump … blahblahfuckthepopeblah en so aan und so weiter etc. And today’s soundtrack is all Krizz Kaliko, who is bipolar; there’s an interview somewhere down there too. I’ve spammed you guys with his song about bipolar a lot, frequently, often – but now you’re getting spammed harder. I looove this guy. Before we get all neurobiological and philosophical, and by way of introduction …
Mental Illness NOS
Digital Dog Research, under the auspices of the Black Dog Institute, which does R&D relating to mental illness and suicide prevention. Although a fair bit of it is specifically for use by Australians, it’s well worth a look wherever you are.
GREAT MINDS GALA CHAMPIONS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Thanks to RoughGhosts for this fascinating one … Madness and Meaning (Paris Review) Depictions of insanity throughout history. “Modern psychiatry seems determined to rob madness of its meanings, insisting that its depredations can be reduced to biology and nothing but biology. One must doubt it. The social and cultural dimensions of mental disorders, so indispensable a part of the story of madness and civilization over the centuries, are unlikely to melt away, or to prove no more than an epiphenomenal feature of so universal a feature of human existence. Madness indeed has its meanings, elusive and evanescent as our attempts to capture them have been.”
For those who have dwelt in depression’s dark wood…their return from the abyss is not unlike the ascent of the poet, trudging upward and upward out of hell’s black depths and at last emerging into what he saw as “the shining world.”
—William Styron, Darkness Visible
‘My life feels bleak, but should I dig up a painful past with counselling?’ – answered by an agony aunt called Virginia and some of her readers.
Depression affects children too.
Australia: When your bloke needs to ask for help– “Admitting you need help is not weak, it’s brave. Far too many people suffer in silence and it’s time everybody stood up and helped each other.”
Facebook can both improve and worsen symptoms.
BipolArt & so forth
Film: The Chest is a dramatic short about three dysfunctional siblings battling over their father’s possessions after his death. Elias plays Oliver, whose manic depression is worsened by his egotistical brother’s taunts.
Theatre: Next to Normal – Chicago: Elgin Summer Theatre Auditions – May 18-20, 2015
Music: Mary Lambert and a New Generation of Musicians – erasing the stigma of mental illness.
Music: Passion Pit’s Michael Angelak “I was really pretty lost.”
Memoir: See Saw by Yasaman Zadeh – It imparts a simple, yet profound, message regarding bipolar disorder: bipolar disorder is real and painful, but there is a way to live with it and control it so that it does not overtake your life.
Textbook: Aysegul Yildiz and Pedro Ruiz, “The Bipolar Book: History, Neurobiology, and Treatment”
USA: Katie’s Story – “Her cellphone was making odd noises and her radio was talking to her, addressing her by a whispered name. A high-pitched sound sometimes pierced her right ear. She heard Italian music and voices in her head. After dreaming her mother was about to die, she rushed to warn her. In another dream, a voice told her she was Jesus.” Part 1 of 3.
USA: Weld County couple rides the bipolar roller coaster
“Rebecca remembers lying in bed, crying and saying “please” over and over again while in the throws of the depressive phase of her bipolar disorder.”
Throws. Not throes?
South Africa: How I learned to love life with bipolar disorder
“My confession is this: I have bipolar. Two and a half years ago, at the age of 29, I was hospitalised while in the throes of what is known as a manic episode. It was my first, and will hopefully be my last.”
Throes. Lekker my bru.
Micronesia: Mindful Musings – coping with bipolar disorder.
“I am a normally fast talker but in this current state I can talk so fast it’ll make your head spin and spin, you’ll think your head might actually spin right off your neck.”
USA Call Me Crazy – Quaker Valley grad has unusual approach to bipolar disorder awareness.
UK Bipolar Disorder – a young person a story.
Australia Bipolar bears less of a stigma for Peter (I wonder how he rates polar bears).
Canada: Death spurs mental health project (Saskatoon)
USA: Living hippie, oops I mean healthy with bipolar disorder – actually it’s a sensible bit of writing, I just couldn’t (and by that I mean didn’t want to) resist the cheap jokes. Cuz cheap is how I feel. Um. That’s not true either, the song title just crawled unbidden from the memory palace.
Everything is (still) Bipolar
Self Care Warfare – stop saying that about the weather.
Bank of Canada Governor Poloz – is downright bipolar.
Alex Olson Pro Spotlight – “Since Jay Adams officially set the mold, skateboarders have been a flock of bipolar misfits. They have been the weird kids, the fuck-ups, the awkward …”
Illustrator Maira Kalman on democracy and happiness.
Statoil doesn’t want to be bipolar. (I don’t want to be bopolar either.)
Why a Bipolar World Seems Inevitable (They mean the USA vs China.)
Most Bipolar ft Polaris (house/emd).
What the actual fuck?
Nigeria: Ada’s gang-rape hoax : A case of bipolar disorder? This one is wrong on so many levels, it’s tough to know where to start. The supportive paragraphs at the end really don’t compensate for all the shit spewed before them. Kill it with fire.
USA: Another family tells the police that their suspect is bipolar, only for the police to shoot him anyway. And then the cop doesn’t get indicted. This seems to happen seriously frequently in the land of the free. The UK chucks their loonies out on to the streets, America shoots ’em. You first worlders will reach the ‘uncivilised’ levels of my own country if things keep going the way they are. I’m not having a go at you, I’m dissing your last 50 years worth of governments.
Apocalypse 2:Humanity: 0
Roll credits … and here’s a song for us all.