“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

Stigma and Psychiatric Medications: Dr. Double Bind

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Effexor: Evil?, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine

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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

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)

So, That Was Christmas

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Mad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

For once my presence was not the focus of Christmas dinner at my family’s abode, this December twenty-fifth.  Why? Because my sister’s absence was, instead.  As the reason for her absence was me, one would think that I would have more disapproving eyes on me than ever.  But, instead, they could see the immaturity, the inconsiderateness, the inaneness.  I did not … Read More

jenniferlreimerSo, That Was Christmas

“Coming Clean”: My tri-provincial painkiller acquisition scheme and “severe opiate addiction”. Wait…my what?!?

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Dedicated to my father, Daddy “I’m sorry, scars, I cannot treat you anymore.  Your new psychiatrist called and told me about how you are getting painkillers prescribed by doctors in three provinces, and about your severe addiction problem.” I’m flabbergasted to the point where I respond with the most inappropriate emotional expression imaginable – giggles, “My what?!?” (I have visited … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Coming Clean”: My tri-provincial painkiller acquisition scheme and “severe opiate addiction”. Wait…my what?!?

BOYCOTT BROADWAY/COMMERCIAL SHOPPER’S DRUG MART (***owner*** Dan Kooner)

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Bipolar, East Van, Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!

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To illustrate my point, I would like you to first watch this hilarious ad from The Onion  (note: close your eyes during the “Alternatives to taking Despondex” bit unless you want to feel like crap :amazed: ): Now, this general societal necessity, to be completely despondent, has two sides.  This hilarious parody shows us one side.  In my call to … Read More

jenniferlreimerBOYCOTT BROADWAY/COMMERCIAL SHOPPER’S DRUG MART (***owner*** Dan Kooner)

The Mad East Van Graffti Artist Lives On!

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. ..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!

The Profanity Dilemma and the Blogosphere

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&$%*#*%^*@!!! A hot topic on many blogs these days is whether or not using “swear words” is a good or bad idea.  I swear like a sailor in person, I swear along with my professors and peers, Alaryyk and I sometimes sound like a couple of drunken pirates, for no reason other than we are passionate about an issue. During … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe Profanity Dilemma and the Blogosphere

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

My “BFF” and I …(“though shalt not be honest?”)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal

I spoke about my newfound inability to be anything but brutally honest with the people around me, including (those who are supposed to be) my friends.  I have also written about my troubles with female friendships (pretty much exclusively with heterosexual women).  The combination was an “accident waiting to happen” – a car crash in the works.  It was fulfilled … Read More

jenniferlreimerMy “BFF” and I …(“though shalt not be honest?”)

How strange…am I? How strange…

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!

…it is to be reading a book, well, rereading a book for probably the fourth time, about a system that is regimented to time by the minute, a society that is efficient, relying on docile, self-regulating citizens who are obedient – who follow every rule and meet every deadline and file every required piece of paperwork, keeping a copy on … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow strange…am I? How strange…

How a doctor almost killed me again!

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This post is about medicine, the state of the quality of medical care in general, and the negligence of those who believe that a medical degree means that they are an automatic expert on anything “medical”.  It is about the stigma of “madness”, but also the other side of the discipline of medicine – physiological medicine. For readers who have … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow a doctor almost killed me again!

Doubly Stigmatized…Femininity and Academia

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Feminism and Madness

(a mood change of some sort is evident in this post…it starts out very dry but by the end sounds like a gossip column.  I am trying to process the possible meaning of this…Basically, it starts out boring but gets interesting later on 😉 ) My degree requires me to take an advanced class in qualitative methodology – non-statistical analysis … Read More

jenniferlreimerDoubly Stigmatized…Femininity and Academia

“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness

The reply from our Canadian hostess in Peru, with my comments/confusion italicized and bolded: Right. [scars], this is ridiculous. I am not going to play your game and go on with this foolish drama. I didn’t start any “foolish drama”…perhaps I escalated the situation by analyzing the situation and writing about it on this blog…but I don’t think I said … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

Why I won’t erase my scars.

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On December 29th, 2006, after disappearing from my home for three days after a bout of depression (the one I naively believed would be my last 🙁 ), I came to in a motel room with my pants and underwear off.  Two men hovered over me, and threatened that they would kill me if I left.  I ran for my … Read More

jenniferlreimerWhy I won’t erase my scars.