Borderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Personality, Sociology of Medicine

borderline personality disorder

I always said, back in my days in academia, that my life was my research, and my research was my life. Be careful what you decide for your life and career, folks.  As a fortune cookie wisely told me in March: I certainly do not regret my thesis (actually not a too-dry read, or at least I’ve been told so…), nor … Read More

jenniferlreimerBorderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

What is the “Practice of Madness”?

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…a double entendre. We are a couple of certified “madpeople”, but are also graduate students in the Sociology of Medicine, Psychiatry, and “Madness”.  Thus, we “practice madness” in our daily dealings in society – one that is quite mad, itself. Psychiatry, on the other side of the coin, is also a “practice of madness”, as we are doled our brain-disabling … Read More

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Neuroethics Blog

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Child Psychiatry

I have mentioned the topic of “neuroethics” briefly, which takes a critical approach to brain-scanning technology such as the fMRI, and the claims that it can do everything from diagnose bipolar disorder to detect when people are telling lies. I found a great blog, here on wordpress, devoted to the topic, that anyone interested should check out.  I will be … Read More

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Insomnia and “The Dilemma”

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!

As I am writing this post at 2:49 am, Pacific Standard Time, the reason for this topic is rather obvious – I cannot sleep. Only this time, I don’t have an answer as to why sleep will not have me.  I’ve gone through the lists of meds, side-effects, and interactions, which usually leads to some understanding of why my body … Read More

jenniferlreimerInsomnia and “The Dilemma”

“Mind Over Meds”

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!

Cheers to Lori for this excellent NY Times Magazine article, about a psychiatrist reconsidering the dogma of diagnosis via the DSM.

jenniferlreimer“Mind Over Meds”

Documentary – “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety”


TV surprised me and there was an excellent documentary/short animated film called “That Crazy Game Called Life”, a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) production, on this afternoon.  Unfortunately, whereas the NFB used to provide all of their films in full on their website, they evidently can no longer afford to do so.  You can read about it here though! … Read More

jenniferlreimerDocumentary – “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety”

Documentary: Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs


The title of this documentary is quite self-explanatory.  The multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is explored, focusing on “Direct to Consumer Advertising” – stuff like that in the “Ads and Commercials” category of this blog. Big Bucks, Big Pharma

jenniferlreimerDocumentary: Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs

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

Titicut Follies: Full Length Documentary

jenniferlreimerDocumentaries, The Psych Ward

The famed, banned documentary, captures everyday life in a mental institution in 1967, and showed the world the violence and abusive treatment that inmates were subject to for the first time.  This film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in psychiatry.  It should be a must-see for everyone.  I can’t see many people disagreeing with the fact that … Read More

jenniferlreimerTiticut Follies: Full Length Documentary

Super Fun Quiz!!!

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Meds, Meds, Meds!

hehe…no, actually not so much. So when I got my prescriptions for a bunch of pills (for my physiological problems) the other day that I had never taken before, I went to look them up on  I haven’t had the need to look up the side-effects of drugs on that site for some time, and I don’t remember being … Read More

jenniferlreimerSuper Fun Quiz!!!

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

Bipolar Expeditions

jenniferlreimerBipolar, My Favourite Authors

I am deep into my coursework, but can’t help but take a minute to quote a few lines from the book I am reading for my most important (read: favourite) final paper. The book is an autoethnography called Bipolar Expeditions by Emily Martin, that I would recommend to anyone, even if they are not social science students.  She has provided … Read More

jenniferlreimerBipolar Expeditions

That’s nuts.

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This is intended to be read after reading Alaryyk’s post below. How anyone could fathom that pointing rifles at someone’s head with K9 units’ foaming mouths looming behind them could be in any way conducive to “mental health”?  One of the complaints that friends of Alaryyk had been making before this police intervention occurred was that he had been “acting … Read More

jenniferlreimerThat’s nuts.

(Hilarious) Vintage Effexor XR Ad

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials

One benefit of the fact that magazines in doctors’ offices are usually at least 5 years old is you get to look at old ads!  When I found this Effexor XR ad from the late-1990s, when it was still being marketed as an anti-anxiety medication, I had to have it.  Alaryyk and I posted it on the back of our … Read More

jenniferlreimer(Hilarious) Vintage Effexor XR Ad

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!