Undermedication Hurts: Patients Invisble Casualties of the War on Drugs

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Featured, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine

cannot get pain medication in washington state

Sometime after OxyContin hit the market, in certain areas it almost entirely wiped out the market for heroin.  OxyContin, or oxycodone, the opioid component of this most effective painkiller ever created, in Percoset, Percodan, and other pills that drastically improved the lives of people living in pain.  If you have never been in constant, unrelenting pain – either because of … Read More

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What is Opportunism? (Practice of Madness Magazine Original Video #1)

jenniferlreimerCultural Studies, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Practice of Madness TV

jenniferlreimerWhat is Opportunism? (Practice of Madness Magazine Original Video #1)

Effects of Emotional Invalidation

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Family, Feminism and Madness

effects of emotional invalidation

I am currently dealing with the effects – a list of these can be found at the end of the article – of emotional invalidation (click here for definition), past and present, and it is difficult for me to write about the topic.  It is ironic, or, better put, synchronous, that I overhear this quotation, as I type with the … Read More

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Sick, Starving Artists/Mental Health Consumers Need Your Help!!

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Feminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal

domestic abuse experience when i was a ghost expats post

See the post that has gotten tens of thousands of views, a verbatim copy below, on Expats’ Post. 11/22/13: This is now the second most viewed post on Expats’ to date. An amazing personal accomplishment, and I truly hope I have given other domestic violence victims the strength to move on, no matter how terrifying it may be. Unfortunately, I … Read More

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Borderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Personality, Sociology of Medicine

borderline personality disorder

I always said, back in my days in academia, that my life was my research, and my research was my life. Be careful what you decide for your life and career, folks.  As a fortune cookie wisely told me in March: I certainly do not regret my thesis (actually not a too-dry read, or at least I’ve been told so…), nor … Read More

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When I Was a Ghost (Lady in Blue)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

lady in blue

I stumble a little.  Do you ever get a shiver from your head to your toes, for no particular reason? Am I the only one that knows this feeling? Couldn’t be. Couldn’t be. Regardless of existential musings, a series of shivers run through me.  Only this time, there’s a reason. Imagine, spending eight months with someone you think you love. … Read More

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Emotional Abuse and Invalidation

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Feminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

emotional abuse and invalidation

(What is Emotional Invalidation/Abuse?  Click Here.) I’ve been feeling really off, lately.  I know precisely why.  Over a period of seven months, I am embarrassed and shocked to say  – I should know better, always, I should know better, but I’m loyal to a fault and cling far too much to the good times and do not pay enough attention … Read More

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Emotional Invalidation Definition & Signs of Abuse

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Feminism and Madness, Transcend

is it emotional abuse

I have graciously borrowed this incredibly important information about the most detrimental and devastating kind of abuse – psychological abuse and emotional invalidation – because this information needs to be spread.  We cannot accept emotional abuse, it wears at our bodies, minds, and kills one’s spirit. The games that invalidators and abusers are identifiable, though when one is in the throes … Read More

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Explorer, Builder, Director, or Negotiator? (and a feminist rant)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Personality

practice of madness goddess

I happened upon the work of a well-known bioanthropologist, Helen Fisher.  She explains human emotions, particularly love, through biological facts about the human species and others. Blasphemy, to the staunch social constructionists that I spent working with during my honors and graduate degrees. I happen to think sociobiology is undeniable, however.  It’s a good thing I am not hanging around the … Read More

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You Don’t Talk Much When You’re Comatose: My Near Death Experience, Part 3

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Longer Stories

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(Don’t worry, part three is below if you’ve already read this, and Parts 1 and 2: “You Don’t Talk Much When…” – if not, click to read.)  In In Limbo,an unappreciated letter given and forgotten by its estranged recipient, I state that it is the only attempt I ever made to describe my near death experience (NDE) in words.  That is no longer the case. … Read More

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Girl X: A Short Story

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Longer Stories

miscarriage birth

Earlier this year, when writing some kind of memoir was still on my mind (I have since decided that if I do write a book, it will be a collection of essays, some fictional, some drawn from experience – I think that our current culture demands illustration and this is a lot more important than the story of my life), I … Read More

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Fear of Cotton Balls is Called Sidlongophobia, et cetera

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Mad Society

sidlongophobia cotton ball fear phobia

For my fellow fearers of certain textures, specifically those that cannot touch cotton balls, here is the link to the article on sidlongophobia, or fear of cotton balls. For anyone interested in… something more amusing than TV and much less frightening than cotton balls… ….I suggest that you turn your attention to the video below.

jenniferlreimerFear of Cotton Balls is Called Sidlongophobia, et cetera

Blame the Victim!

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society

Rape_by_awaytotheheartjess

This morning a good friend alerted me to the fact that there is a new website up.  S/he was concerned it seemed to look almost identical to a website put up in the past that was used to slander my character with outrageous lies and track my whereabouts. I cannot comment on who may have authored the new blog, I’m … Read More

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The American Hikikomori

jenniferlreimerChild Psychiatry, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Michael Orion Powell, Other Survivors, Sociology of Medicine

courtesy Jennifer L. Reimer - direct queries @jenniferLreimer

The American Hikikomori Michael Orion Powell [Jennifer L. Reimer’s thoughts on the topic, posthumously, appear in italicized brackets]   Welcome to my first post with Practice of Madness. Jen was kind enough to give me the opportunity to write here – For my first assignment, the madwoman suggested that I look in to the concept of “hikikomori” – a Japanese term for young … Read More

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