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

jenniferlreimerUndermedication Hurts: Patients Invisble Casualties of the War on Drugs

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)

7-11 Near Magnus Park, Seattle 98115: Shortchanged? Robbed? Insulted?

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Power to the People, Scars' Letters of Complaint, Transcend

stealing from customers at 7 11 Sand Point

I would like this to serve as an open letter of complaint, directed at the 7-11 store, located in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood, across from Magnus Park (98115).  I would also like it to serve as a call to action – only we, the people, can put an end to this disgusting example of monopoly tactics and mob mentality, packaged … Read More

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5 Craziest YouTube Videos of 2014, So Far…

jenniferlreimerLaughter = Survival, Mad Society, News & Culture

rob ford smoking crack

Think you’re nuts?  These videos will assure you that you’re incredibly sane.  It’s only mid-March, and I already have picked out the 5 Craziest YouTube Videos of 2014.  I’m sure someone is working on topping them as I type – quite possibly one of the stars of the videos below. No, I do not think it’s “cool” to laugh at … Read More

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Runaway #1: Living in Fear in the Year of the Tiger

jenniferlreimerMad Society, News & Culture

runaway girl survivor story

<This is the first entry in a new series of posts about being a runaway for my late adolescent and entire adult life.  It will include journal entries, stories, photographs, and anything else that I might find along the path I am perpetually running on> Run down the concrete steps, covered in ice steps, just in time to see the … Read More

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Simon Fraser University Criminology Department, Robert Gordon Falsifies…

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Mad Society, Scars' Letters of Complaint, Transcend

Simon Fraser Department of Criminology Falsifies Student Records Dr. Robert Gordon

After I left the ivory tower, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC – falsely and illegally charged with “fabricating data” by the Chair of Criminology, Dr. Robert Gordon, oft-quoted in the Vancouver Sun, initiated by a fellow student who violated a bail bond by speaking of me and appearing at my place of education and/or work (police pressed charges against him … Read More

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“Please Don’t Tell Me Anything Else, You’re Making Me Depressed.”

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Mad Society, Other Survivors, Transcend

survivor woman scarred but strong

Have you heard these words come out of the mouth of a “friend” when telling him/her about events in your life?  I thought that friendship was all about such sharing of life experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I missed the notice that topics like car accidents, physical and/or mental illness, death in the family, domestic violence, problems … Read More

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Working Retail This Christmas?

jenniferlreimerMad Society, THE VAULT (aka: S.O.N.A.N.O.)

practice of madness christmas

Published November 15, 2010 I feel you.  I put in my five years of the unbelievable, unfounded, unreasonable, and utter madness of the “general public” as they lined up to celebrate capitalism.  And take out their frustrations on a 15-20 year-old cashier.  The trouble was, I always started laughing my brains out when one of these shoppers started yelling at … Read More

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Insurance Companies Are Taking Advantage of the Disabled and Critically Ill

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Scars' Letters of Complaint

sue insurance company

The following article was inspired by this letter, which does not make sense, but will make slightly more sense after reading about how I ended up receiving this offensive document from Cumis Insurance “disability claims examiner”, Teena O’Keefe: When I was no longer able to work because of endometriosis, before the hysterectomy that followed two years later, I immediately called … Read More

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The Silk Road. I Have Become Old. Anthrax Warning. Sext is a Word.

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Cultural Studies, Mad Society

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I think that being around young people, 18-21 year olds, is necessary to really understand current culture and trends… I live with two people who fall into that cohort.  The other day one of their friends described to me how relationships and sex during high school take place almost exclusively on social media, and via “sext”.  I’m still stuck on … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe Silk Road. I Have Become Old. Anthrax Warning. Sext is a Word.

Emotionally Invalidating Environments

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Family, Mad Society, Resources

emotionally invalidating environments

We live in a society that is typified by emotionally invalidating environments. At times it seems that it is actually just one big emotionally invalidating environment, made up of smaller institutions that exercise their own particular  brand of emotional invalidation, varying from schools, stores, sidewalks, and – perhaps worst of all – homes. What is emotional invalidation? < e·mo·tion·al in·val·i·date·tionˈ(mōSHənəl/ inˈvaliˌdāt/shun> Emotional … Read More

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SNDRI Antidepressants (JUST SAY NO)

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!

AztraZeneca Delaware

  This tripped me out… a friend was given this bag at a homeless shelter.  Everyone gets a free bag, a nice tough one, emblazoned with AztraZeneca’s logo, and a reminder that they do, indeed, make pharmaceuticals.  This is wrong in so many ways… I was actually shocked at it for a minute.  And it takes a hell of a lot … Read More

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The Curse of Having a Calling (How to Be a Writer in the 21st Century?)

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal

when I was a ghost musings

I have received an overwhelming response to something I wrote about a month ago – describing my own experience recovering from emotional invalidation and abuse (psychological, as well as physical), I penned “When I Was A Ghost” (first published here as “Lady in Blue (I Was A Ghost)”) a few days more than a month ago.  Since then, “When I … Read More

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Stigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Effexor: Evil?, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine

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I am so sick of individuals with Ph.D.s who go around trying to “spread the gospel” that people who take psychiatric medications are participating in (a direct quote from one such individual) “a worldwide Holocaust”, and who make a living writing books about how psych meds are responsible for murder, suicide, and other violent acts. I do not like Big Pharma. … Read More

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Organs in Main, John Li

jenniferlreimerGuest Posts, Mad Society, My Favourite Authors, Other Survivors

richard-yves sitoski

Submission Number One 🙂 , from John Li.  More of his work can be viewed here.  John is a fellow survivor and a Ph.D. student – so by default, he has more intestinal fortitude than I have… and a beautiful collection of thoughts and quotes.  I can only claim ownership of the typography choices.  And a few photographs. From “Organs … Read More

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