“No, Not Sadness, Depression.” Submission By Wendy Madrigga

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Guest Submission on the Bell Canada “Let’s Talk” Campaign By Wendy Madrigga (send inquiries here) Editor’s note: I was one of the gripers.  The same campaign was done last year – Bell was to donate a whopping FIVE CENTS to “mental health initiatives” for every long distance call made (long distance is not unlimited or free from region to region … Read More

jenniferlreimer“No, Not Sadness, Depression.” Submission By Wendy Madrigga

Is more than medication necessary to help recovery from mental illness? [HLC Healthcare]

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Good health is a combination of physical and mental well-being. But where a physical problem is usually clear to everyone, a mental problem is usually invisible, and yet anyone suffering from mental illness feel as bad, and often much worse, than those with a physical illness. Mental illness is surprisingly common. Estimates indicate that in any one year as many … Read More

jenniferlreimerIs more than medication necessary to help recovery from mental illness? [HLC Healthcare]

The Importance of Psychotherapy [Guest Post]

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Psychotherapy has been explored for centuries in an attempt to discover new ways of treating a variety of different symptoms associated with mental illness, bereavement, depression and other trauma-related issues. Whilst completely curing a patient of their symptoms remains the ultimate goal for any psychotherapist, the fact that no two psychotherapy treatments are the same indicates that you are more … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe Importance of Psychotherapy [Guest Post]

How To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

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I have told lots of different stories about life and society before, and I have used many different storytelling media, from essays to letters, and advertisements to artwork.  However, I am quite sure that I have never written a fable.  Has it taken me twenty-seven and one half years, and too many scars for me to keep count of, to … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

Is This My Quarter-Life Crisis?

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So, I think I’ve come to a bit of a “crossroads”. But I hate the genre of “self-help” as you now know if you did not already, and there does not seem to be any “road” (nor a cross, <giggle> ).  Rather the landscape before me looks like someone photoshopped my days using the “dissolve” function, full blast. I think … Read More

jenniferlreimerIs This My Quarter-Life Crisis?

scarsarestories’ Radical New Year’s Resolutions

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1. I have emancipated myself completely from any financial or emotional entaglements with my family.  Thus, I will not be ridden by guilt mixed with my father’s own complexes about debt and baby-boomer cognitive dissonance about riding the wave of booms in the 1980s, only to leave their children with no job market, and to find themselves in debt that … Read More

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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)

Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

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(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

A desperate letter from the Amazon Jungle…indeed, I am home early, and can hardly believe I made it…this correspondence sent to a friend sums it up to some degree…

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

Dearest ____ , oh my fucking god…or i guess i should say “jésus cristo” after leaving Lima things started to turn bad…we took a bus to a “desert oasis”…i assumed this would entail sand and a beach of some sort? but no…it was a strange touristy place, very overpriced…we had to haul our huge suitcases (I AM NEVER TAKING A … Read More

jenniferlreimerA desperate letter from the Amazon Jungle…indeed, I am home early, and can hardly believe I made it…this correspondence sent to a friend sums it up to some degree…

Warning: No Tears Allowed

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!

I have to pick up my psychiatric medications on a daily basis, because when I was feeling extremely depressed “for no reason”, on my 25th birthday (not yet knowing that I was pregnant, and the number 25 has always showed up in strange places in my life – maybe you have such a number) I took an “overdose” of clonazepam, … Read More

jenniferlreimerWarning: No Tears Allowed