The whirlpool of depression

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 […]

Stop Implying That People Use Mental Illness as an Excuse for Violence

I’ve discussed the false claim that mental illness and violence are linked at length here — and I’ve also debunked the claim that mentally ill people ‘get off‘ when they’re convicted of crimes by reason of their mental illness. (Yes, because long-term institutionalisation, quite probably in a facility that doesn’t provide many options in terms […]