Posts Tagged: mental illness
Not just eating disorders, but mental health in general, I think, is probably the last frontier of empathy in our culture. I’m not a journalist, I’m not a scientist, and I’m not a health care worker, but I am somebody who has been through this before and I’m also a writer.
(n.); an unwell feeling, particularly in the head; a moody depression; c. 1918, from Nevil Shute’s The Rose and the Rainbow
The archetype of the mad genius dates back to at least classical times, when Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.”
—“Secrets of the Creative Brain,” Nancy C.
There was a time that I didn’t feel safe in my own home. Every night before bed, after I’d tested the doorknob to make sure it was locked, I lodged a kitchen chair securely under it. It wasn’t the neighborhood....more
I visit him on Tuesday nights at the only time they’ll let me see him. I show the receptionist my driver’s license, confirm my social security number and home address, and sign my name on a dotted line....more
Salon.com’s got an article on the correlation between mental illness and leaders—citing Winston Churchill and Hitler as examples. The topic of discussion is First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi’s book on the famous historical figures that showed signs of mental illness....more