How Depression and Addiction are So Closely Related (Jamie Heller, Guest Post)

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drug addiction and depression

Everyone feels down every once in a while. In fact, it’s completely normal. But feeling chronically sad isn’t normal and is considered clinical depression. This imbalance in the brain adversely affects the emotions, the mood, and even relationships with others. But did you know that being depressed can also make you more susceptible to becoming addicted to substances like drugs … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow Depression and Addiction are So Closely Related (Jamie Heller, Guest Post)

Mental Health Benefits of Bingo (Guest Post by Jayne)

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mental health advice

It may sound surprising, but a much-loved British institution and popular pastime is being lauded as a useful tool in combating a range of mental problems – from depression to dementia. Fans of this number-matching game will be well aware of its entertainment value and the chance to score a ‘full house’ and win a cash prize has long been … Read More

jenniferlreimerMental Health Benefits of Bingo (Guest Post by Jayne)

How I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Longer Stories, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Part One is Dedicated to Wendy M. that I met at the “Hotel Vic” (unit six and Winnipeg’s Victoria General Hospital) and who has been a close friend ever since: For reminding me what a friend really is, and believing in me when I no longer believed in myself. Part One: The Gutter – Destruction, Discrimination, Death-Wishes January through April, … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

Eudaemonia (Grade Twelve Edition)

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

A Rationalization                                                                 Scars.  February 2002. Yes, I am dealing with all of this, I’m just not dealing with it in a normal way. But why is my way any more convoluted than yours? Is it not life’s purpose to formulate one’s own methods based on one’s personal experience, and one’s individual desires, rather than those of society?  Is it not … Read More

jenniferlreimerEudaemonia (Grade Twelve Edition)

A Zoloft Zombie: Why I Have a New Understanding of SSRIs and Suicide

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, Scars' Art, Transcend

    Remember these ZOLOFT commercials from the 1990s?… ZOLOFT (to capitalize the name of the drug, as is done in the print ads, which I will do throughout this article) sounds quite tempting.  I often feel nervous in large groups of people, too – could ZOLOFT be the answer?  My new psychiatrist believed so, after I described to him … Read More

jenniferlreimerA Zoloft Zombie: Why I Have a New Understanding of SSRIs and Suicide

…but could not address: 4 (My New Psychiatrist)

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Oh god, I’m sending out a message to five people at once. I feel like one of my religious relatives. They print off these letters en masse because they’re real breeders – grandchildren in the 50s – the digits, not the age group! However, I promise not to mention Jesus and I don’t have any kids to list off along … Read More

jenniferlreimer…but could not address: 4 (My New Psychiatrist)

DSM Criteria for Mania, Mixed Episode, and/or Depression

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Psychiatrists

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Over the past several days, my family and I have had trouble finding a clear definition, used by psychiatrists – i.e. from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR – available here on Practice of Madness for free) – of mania.  The initial definition, once located in the book that is over 900 pages long :amazed , leads … Read More

jenniferlreimerDSM Criteria for Mania, Mixed Episode, and/or Depression

Six Feet Under: Television for Serial Insomniacs, Christmas Rejects, and the Terminally Insane

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Bipolar, Mad Society, Other Survivors, The Psych Ward, Transcend

It is 4:25 am.  My lucky number, 25.  Cat Power is singing in my ears and my dad is sound asleep in the hotel bed beside me, as I listen to Cat Power’s album Dear Sir, named after that poem written by Anne Sexton that I always mix up with the work of Sylvia Plath, and may have done the … Read More

jenniferlreimerSix Feet Under: Television for Serial Insomniacs, Christmas Rejects, and the Terminally Insane

Pocahontas, Jimmy Stewart and Me

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

Indeed, no one said it would be easy.  No one said it would be like anything at all, hell, that “no one” really is “no one” – we do not meet omnipotent companions along the way that promise anything, bad or good, and sometimes life does not feel like life.  It seems like killing time.  If you want to take … Read More

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“The Little Girl Crying” – Guest Post by Catherine333

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Guest Posts, Other Survivors

I have a new favourite blog – well, to sit alongside my other favourites! “the naked truth: me, my mental illness, and i” is incredible if you, like I, enjoy hearing voices that echo not my own per say, but what I feel like inside.  Catherine333’s blog is courageously raw and uncut, and I can relate to the words that … Read More

jenniferlreimer“The Little Girl Crying” – Guest Post by Catherine333

Effexor Withdrawal, Rage, Anxiety, etc.

jenniferlreimerThe Psych Ward

Nine days in the ward now?  Tomorrow I will finally regain access to my laptop, as I got one of those rare psych nurses today, quick on her feet, somewhat of a deviant herself, but able to get a “situation” under control with the snap of her fingers.  She was shocked to see that I was still wearing hospital issue … Read More

jenniferlreimerEffexor Withdrawal, Rage, Anxiety, etc.

Edge of Madness by Catherine Gourd (Guest Post #1)

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“Edge of Madness” – Catherine Gourd Edge of madness Flying demons Standing breathless Insanity summons Harpies screeching Falls of darkness My mind reeling Painful caress Edge of madness Am I falling? More or less Screaming lightning… Am I still sane? ———————————————————————————————— When I close my eyes, the words, the ideas come. Like rushing waterfalls, or raging gusts of winds, they … Read More

jenniferlreimerEdge of Madness by Catherine Gourd (Guest Post #1)

What I’ve been up to over the past few days…

jenniferlreimerThe Garden

Aside from playing with CSS Syntax, I’ve been creating a magickal garden on my porch.  Something about digging my hands into the soil makes me so happy I feel like quitting all else and becoming a gardener. It’s funny, days before I left Winnipeg to move to Vancouver, I was waiting at a bus loop on a Sunday – big … Read More

jenniferlreimerWhat I’ve been up to over the past few days…

More on “Kokoro No Kaze”

jenniferlreimerMad Society, My Favourite Authors

There was quite a bit of interest in the short piece I wrote on the cultural creation of “depression” in Japan, when in 1999 a pharmaceutical company invented a new phrase for a new market to drug – “kokoro no kaze” – literally translated as one’s heart/soul has caught a cold. Since I haven’t been to Japan since 1999, I … Read More

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