Stigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

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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

jenniferlreimerStigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

Goffman: Asylums Summary (Part One)

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goffman asylums summary

I was so damn naive during my freshman year in college. I was incredibly inspired by my sociology professor, which probably was the most influential force in my decision to study sociology for the next seven years.  He had a long grey ponytail.  Before teaching at McGill, he taught at Harvard.  Harvard.  He would go outside after each lecture, and smoke … Read More

jenniferlreimerGoffman: Asylums Summary (Part One)

…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)

Something in Between, I Guess

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Psych Ward, Transcend

I have a brand new scar on my left calf, and the story of how it got there is a real doozer.  I am reminded of the lyrics of two of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs: “It looks like freedom but it feels like death, it’s something in between, I guess, it’s closing time.” (“Closing Time”, L. Cohen) and, “There’s … Read More

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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)

“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

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Alas, a question that us psych patients have heard far too many times – after all, one time is “too many” – from our nearest and dearest.  However, it was no one near, nor dear, that, very bizarrely, popped the question to me the other day.  An “anonymous” prank phone caller, after eerily listing off a list of women’s names in monotone … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

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)

New Page: The Journal of a Lost 19/20 Year-Old (2005)

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A quick note to tell you that I have finally created a page that encompasses the 200+ page word document that kept me alive during the beginning of my psychiatrization, and some of the scariest times in my life…

jenniferlreimerNew Page: The Journal of a Lost 19/20 Year-Old (2005)

Responsibilization? More adventures in psychiatry and the doctor’s office…

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After much ado about nothing, I finally obtained a steady supply of codeine for my severe menstrual cramps, brought on by the fact that taking an atypical antipsychotic for three years pressed the stop button on my reproductive system.  Now it’s making up for lost time by torturing me for seven days out of each 28. This only took one … Read More

jenniferlreimerResponsibilization? More adventures in psychiatry and the doctor’s office…

Advertising for Psychiatric Drugs

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The most popular topic on this blog thus far is (after reviewing my detailed statistical analysis :lol:) – psychiatric advertising, past and present.  If this is getting folks here to hear our message of mad pride, I think the gallery of print ads should be expanded.  I have gathered a number of ads, but as a community, I bet we … Read More

jenniferlreimerAdvertising for Psychiatric Drugs

The New Phrenology…

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…I think this is what I will title my work on using the fMRI to diagnose psychiatric conditions. Difference? 1848: Present Day: I think not! And I’ll tell you why on April 23rd when said project is due 🙂

jenniferlreimerThe New Phrenology…

The “Evil Stepmother”

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

…someone I haven’t written very much about before, but find myself needing to do so today for catharsis. Last night, an e-mail response from her crushed me like an insect from 2000 miles away. I decided I would try to be civil with her after moving away from the city where she lives, to please my dad and make things … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe “Evil Stepmother”

Ugh….is it all in my head?

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The next month is going to be a tough one.  3 6000 word length papers to write, 2 major presentations, 3 smaller papers, 48 hours of research assistant work that is waaaay overdue…oh, and major surgery!  I will continue to blog as much as possible, and I will post most of that work here when it is finished, as, of … Read More

jenniferlreimerUgh….is it all in my head?

DSM-IV-TR – your doctor has a copy, here’s one for you!


DSM IV TR Here is a free copy of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the Bible of Psychiatry. Everyone should have a copy, just as almost every household had a copy of the Malleus Malificiarum (“The Witch’s Hammer) during the Dark Ages.  Even if you have never been diagnosed with a mental … Read More

jenniferlreimerDSM-IV-TR – your doctor has a copy, here’s one for you!

Alas, it is the day from hell once again…

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Ads and Commercials, Meds, Meds, Meds!

I say this lightheartedly. Every semester has one…that day when you couldn’t quite schedule classes such that not much time has to be spent on campus.  Last semester was much worse, I admit, when I had the night class that almost derailed my career Wednesdays from 5:30 pm -9:30 pm (I preferred to call it an evening of “enhanced interrogation … Read More

jenniferlreimerAlas, it is the day from hell once again…