With perennial cuts to mental health services, police are the first line of response in many communities when mental health crises arise. That needs to change.
We need meaningful mental health reform in the United States, but we need to pick the right time to discuss it.
The first time I had surgery, I was startled by something that happened afterward: I was tired all the time for a while, which made sense given that I was still processing the anesthetic, but also, I was deeply depressed. I didn’t understand why I was experiencing such intense suicidal ideation when circumstantially, things were […]
People in the US are big on their privacy, quite reasonably — people should be able to enjoy privacy in their homes and persons, and this shouldn’t get violated for the convenience of others, society, or the government’s desires. People are concerned in particular about medical privacy, given the high risks of discrimination, whether in […]
Psychiatrisation has long been used to shut women up when they’re saying things viewed as controversial or socially unacceptable; by suggesting that they’re crazy, they can be shunted off to the background, their views invalidated. This tactic exists today just as it did in the past. While women might not be pushed into asylums to […]
Misophonia is finally, slowly, starting to have its day in the sun — the Washington Post did a feature on it in December, for example, and there seems to be a flickering awareness of what it is. Sort of. With the exception of the people who have it, though, a lot of that awareness is rather dismissive. […]
Depression is a funny and inconsistent beast. It’s not like a skinned knee, which stings for a moment before flushing red, drops of blood appearing on the surface, following a predictable and neat pattern from beginning to end. You fall down, your knee hurts, you clean it, it scabs, eventually it heals over, first with […]
With ACA up and running, we are repeatedly assured that health care is within reach for everyone now! No one need suffer, alone and cold, not in a world where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. Everything is splendid — when someone wants to see the doctor, by golly, she can just nip right on […]
Let’s say you’re a doctor with a patient who presents with an infection. You examine the patient, determine that the infection is bacterial, and prescribe basic antibiotics. You start with a base standard of care that’s usually effective, and you send the patient away with clear instructions on how to use the medication, what kinds […]
One of the most popular, enduring, and irritating myths about depression is that it means depressed people are sad all the time — and that by extension, people who are happy can’t be experiencing depression, even if they say they are. It’s a skewed and horrible version of depression, and it’s one that further stigmatises […]