DSM5 Free

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dsm5 free

You still haven’t gotten your DSM5 Free Download?  Well, click here, silly!  Practice of Madness Magazine is committed to providing you with the latest edition, as well as back editions, of the DSM5 free of charge.  Simply click on the link below to access the download page, via which you will be able to access the full text document directly … Read More

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Creative Genius or Psychotic?

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal, Scars' Art, Transcend

Ha.  Quite the question. I have seen the lines, in my own mind, in projections of my mind – sometimes sentences spoken take on a third dimension. All the time I ask myself if I am absolutely nuts. Quite frankly. I wonder if I suffered permanent brain damage after my seizure in 2005 that is not enough to be worth … Read More

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What is Folie à Deux? (feat. “Madness in the Fast Lane” Documentary)

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Documentaries, Mad Society, Other Survivors, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Folie à Deux (English pronunciation /foˈli ə ˈduː/, From the French “a madness shared by two”  ) or Shared Psychosis is a psychiatric syndrome characterized by symptoms of a delusional belief being transmitted from one individual to another.The Same syndrome in more than two people may be called “Folie À Trois” (3), “Folie à Quatre” (4), “Folie à Famille” (“Family”, … Read More

jenniferlreimerWhat is Folie à Deux? (feat. “Madness in the Fast Lane” Documentary)

Kumbaya Blogging and Online Communities

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Transcend

“Kumbaya is the future, because it’s how we’re wired. We’re social monkeys, and we’ll form a community given the least excuse to do so. Combine mass communication technology with that hard wiring and you’ve got a potent combination.” Amen!  I do not share links all that often, do I?  However, I was sent an e-mail with a link to this … Read More

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I want to hear YOUR voice!!!


Hey lovely and amazing readers of varying regularity and guests! After having this site up for one and a half years, I have finally achieved the traffic rates that I hoped for (but, being just a lil’ jaded :takuts did not really expect).  Actually, new memberships and traffic rates have now far exceeded my wildest dreams.  I cannot express in … Read More

jenniferlreimerI want to hear YOUR voice!!!

The Weather; Underground

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, Mad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal

Vancouver’s annual heat wave arrived just in time for me to be left alone. How unfortunate it is that one has to disappear in this province (“Best Place On Earth”?!?) as not to be injected with body- and mind-disabling antipsychotics.  I simply cannot get my head around how the police should have anything to do with the treatment of “mental … Read More

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The Mad East Van Graffti Artist Lives On!

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society

. ..I say “mad”, because if one was “caught” spraypainting (in this case airbrushing it seems, with intricate stencils) the authorities would either take you to jail or the psych ward, depending on your behaviour.  I was worried that this may have happened to the artist who did these, as the rest of the creations were covered up with white … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe Mad East Van Graffti Artist Lives On!

Landlord Nightmares

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal

The 300 lb. bully of a landlord (read: slumlord) that drove both Alaryyk and me to the point of utter madness last fall, commencing with our eviction – the best Christmas present I’ve ever received, as I was desperate to leave the place, where the slumlord conspired with the tenants that lived above my basement suite – interior decorators who … Read More

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“What is the ‘Practice of Madness’?


“Practice of Madness” is a double entendre, that extends to levels far beyond the individual, making it have an extended triple meaning: As diagnosed and certified “mad people” – both Alarryyk and I share the label of “bipolar”, we thus “practice” madness in our everyday lives.  However, since we are informed researchers on the topic, we reject our labels, as … Read More

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Did you see me at Broadway and Woodland?

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society

I covered up the poor naked woman whose body was strapped to a bus shelter!  Removing her completely would have required power tools and it was broad daylight.  However, I am happy to let you know that the lady, with the words “American Apparel™” emblazoned beside her no longer appears to be topless to anyone walking from Commercial to Woodland … Read More

jenniferlreimerDid you see me at Broadway and Woodland?

Chronic Absenteeism and Chronic Discrimination

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!

I have again been painfully absent from the blog, just as I was painfully absent from school this past semester due to illness. Despite my chronic absenteeism, that has not been so extreme since my high school days, I was a good little student-worker throughout this past semester of severe physiological pain.  I made sure to finish what I was … Read More

jenniferlreimerChronic Absenteeism and Chronic Discrimination

Mad Spraypaint Art in East Van

jenniferlreimerEast Van

To whomever has been spraying this beautiful art all over “city property” (i.e. public space) in my neighbourhood, you are top on my list of awesome human beings right now.  Especially the ones near the medical building at E. 10th :wink:.  It is my goal to find all of your public art and take pictures…I’ve only found these three pieces … Read More

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Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Feminism and Madness, My Favourite Authors

sylvia plath anne sexton

(Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath helped me survive that year of my graduation, 2002.  Before I decided to become a sociologist, I planned to study literature and poetry.) 15 March 2002 A poem is defined as a metrical composition concerned with feeling or imaginative description.  Women have most likely been writing poems since the very beginnings of time, in effort … Read More

jenniferlreimerAnne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

An awesome use for social networking…”Create it Forward”

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

I used to be quite anti-facebook and skeptical about “social networking”, but since my move to Vancouver this opinion has changed drastically.  I got back on the “FB” as I took off from Winnipeg several months early, without getting in touch with any old friends that I really should have given a big hug.  As said, I had been “in … Read More

jenniferlreimerAn awesome use for social networking…”Create it Forward”

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?