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Meeting Notes – October 20, 2010

by Clara on October 26, 2010

The regular portion of our meeting was abbreviated because this was a speaker meeting. Introductions Katherine asked everyone to keep introductions short because we had a speaker coming at 7:30. In going around the circle we had everyone answer only the three short questions and skipped the usual 4th item. Your first name Your diagnosis […]

Resources – Old Site – Books

by lackofsolidity on October 25, 2010

We are updating our website We are in the process of converting the content from our old website into the format of our new website. This is a page from our old website that will be edited and updated shortly. We welcome your input on how to improve this page. Please send us your comments, […]

How many people in the US are depressed at any time? What percent of the US population experiences depression or other mood disorder in their lives? The number is big and growing. The National Institutes of Health answers the question in their posting on The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Gary Greenberg is a […]

Book Review: Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

Though this sort of book is not my usual forté, I am only a psychology major after all. This is a nonfiction work explaining the influence of our country’s mental health practices throughout the world. Also, it delves more into the details of our approach. “Mental illness is feared and has such a stigma because […]

Book Review: Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This story is told through the eyes of a father whose daughter is struck with psychosis. Her episode occurs at the early onset of age 15. She is tentatively given the label of ‘Bipolar I’, but doctors think it is still too soon in her life to serve a definitive diagnosis. The author is very […]

Not just bipolar, not just schizophrenic: schizoaffective. Lori, one of the authors, starts hearing voices and hallucinating in her preteens. She knows something might be wrong, but isn’t sure what. At one time she even believes that she must be possessed. She’s able to hide her “voices” and extreme moods fairly well until her late […]

Book Review: Manic by Terri Cheney

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This book does a good job of putting you front-and-center in the life of a manic depressive. The author was formerly a successful lawyer that had to fight and hide her shocking depressive and manic episodes. She was driven to uncontrollable behaviors such as eating raw cooking materials like flour and baking soda. In her […]

Book Review: Madness by Marya Hornbacher

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

Bipolar 1 at it’s finest. Marya dialogues her life, especially that as it is enveloped by her disease. Throughout her existence she is continually in motion, in and out of manic, depression, mixed, and various other extreme episodes. She’s harbored all the bad behaviors – at their worst – to “cope”: alcoholism, eating disorders, self-injury, […]

Book Review: An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Cover: An Unquiet Mind

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

An exquisite portrayal of the intellectualization coping method. In this case, it is utilized to deal with Bipolar I disorder. The author writes about her life, namely in relation to her illness, love, and her career. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology that she obtained from UCLA, and is now a professor at John […]

Book Review: Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This book gives good insight into the differences of treatment and services provided in various mental health facilities in the U.S. Also, the author analyzes mental illness, hers included (depression), to exhaustion. Her writing is straight-forwarded and piercingly honest. This memoir is interesting in that it can make us more aware of specifically how the […]