How long does it take you to get over a “break-up”? How long *should* it take?

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Feminism and Madness, Other Survivors, The Psych Ward

With the spark of renewed faith in the blogosphere to create communities of like-minded thinkers, unite people from all around the world, around the world (that song will be stuck in my head for some time now)…and to serve as a (“virtual” 😛 ) environment to facilitate useful debate among open-minded people: thesis, antithesis, synthesis, repeat…I spent the rest of … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow long does it take you to get over a “break-up”? How long *should* it take?

Correspondence as Creative Writing, as Living.

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

I never just write letters.  I write letters. I have ever since I was a child, and we got penpals from Australia to write to at a school there.  I wrote back the day I would receive a letter after anxiously awaiting for there to be mail for me!  I would include little gifts and stickers, or make a collage.  … Read More

jenniferlreimerCorrespondence as Creative Writing, as Living.

On Laxatives …and medication interactions

jenniferlreimerSociology of Medicine

*Rumble Rumble* An exciting topic for an exciting night! No, I will not be joining a former roommate and her “Young Liberal” boyfriend at “some kind of lounge with three other guys”, and not only because that sounds like an incredibly horrid scene. I will also not be joining them because I have just had to chug back yet another … Read More

jenniferlreimerOn Laxatives …and medication interactions

Conduct Disorder Camp?

jenniferlreimerChild Psychiatry

I have a confession to make…I’m an “ER” aficionado.  Even though I can’t stand the way “mental illness” is portrayed in the series.  How many times do we hear one of the fictional docs scream, “5 of Haldol, stat!“? However I’ve never done any kind of content analysis on the longest-running medical drama series created by Michael Crichton.  I started … Read More

jenniferlreimerConduct Disorder Camp?

a rant before going into interzone, 2005

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Poetry, Prose, Personal

I must have written this early in the morning of the day that I disappeared for several before New Year’s, finding myself in a bathtub at my dad’s house, trying to die on New Year’s Eve.  Does it give me any insight into why I disappeared?  Unfortunately not.  It’s interesting though… 3:44 am, Tuesday December 27, 2005 A rant. The … Read More

jenniferlreimera rant before going into interzone, 2005

Sensationalism vs. Sensationalism: “Psychaitry: An Industry of Death” film + review

jenniferlreimerDocumentaries, Mad Society

Last night, after finally getting some pain relief, Alaryyk and I watched the documentary I posted here a few days back, “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death”. The narrator of the film sounded like an announcer at a “monster truck” event.  The captions looked like those from an episode of “24” (I’ve never watched this show myself, but I’ve seen the … Read More

jenniferlreimerSensationalism vs. Sensationalism: “Psychaitry: An Industry of Death” film + review

Haunted or Hearing Voices?

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Poetry, Prose, Personal

The absolute worst period of my struggle with psychiatry, and my struggle with my self, took place during the summer of my 21st year.  The psychiatrist that had me check in once a month for 5 minutes was prescribing me 600mg of Effexor, 1200mg of Lithium, and 600mg of Seroquel, the Seroquel later replaced by a prescription for a “random” … Read More

jenniferlreimerHaunted or Hearing Voices?

“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #4

jenniferlreimerPsychiatrists, Scars' Letters of Complaint

Perhaps my all-time favourite, written to the director of health services at my University’s “health clinic”… Dear _______ ______, Subject: Formal Complaint (re: Dr. Basson) and Appeal of Fine I am writing this letter to bring to your attention the unprofessional, condescending, and outright disturbing psychiatric treatment I was subject to under the care of the psychiatrist employed by __________’s … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #4

From “RateMDs.com”…amusing reviews of psychiatrists I’ve seen in the past:

jenniferlreimerPsychiatrists

First one I ever saw, along with my ex-ex-ex-partner/serial sexual offender, Dr. Stewart Wakeman (Winnipeg, MB): 1. Avoid this doctor. He is hostile and has his own issues to work through. His approach is both unconventional and unprofessional. For instance, he yelled at me during our first session, which is unacceptable on two levels. One, he didn’t know me well … Read More

jenniferlreimerFrom “RateMDs.com”…amusing reviews of psychiatrists I’ve seen in the past:

Physical Pain vs. “Mental Pain”…

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal, Sociology of Medicine

Now finding myself in, what I suppose the docs would call “moderate to severe” physical pain, on a daily basis, due to long untreated endometriosis that was masked by atypical antipsychotics (this phenomenon is well documented, and I will provide links to articles later today) the old question of whether or not physical pain or mental anguish is more, shall … Read More

jenniferlreimerPhysical Pain vs. “Mental Pain”…

ps: atypical antipsychotics masking endometriosis…

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!

I was curled up in the fetal position, in pain and tears, while writing that last post – because, six years of being on various atypical antipsychotics (since age 19) masked the symptoms of my endometriosis, which was never properly diagnosed despite ultrasounds showing cysts/other abnormalities in “that region” (doctor: “nothing to worry about, and I just don’t have the … Read More

jenniferlreimerps: atypical antipsychotics masking endometriosis…

The Medicalization of “Everywoman”

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Feminism and Madness

Alas, I am empty.  What a relief.   Sin of all sins and the great emptiness of the Universe flows back through me. *** I run for my life to find the location of this clinic.  “Everywoman’s”, one of five in this province, half a block away from my basement rental suite, eviction date looming, but at the top of sterile … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe Medicalization of “Everywoman”