Recommended Reading for May 18, 2010

Pharaoh Katt at Something More Than Sides: I Dreamed That I Was Normal

I dreamed the world made sense,
That people never tried
To delve into my psyche and redefine my mind.

Gauntlet at Tumblr: Janet Street-Porter shares her thoughts on depression…

I think maybe what we are seeing here, is women who have a powerful voice in the media through their personal fame or newspaper column, sharing their experience in a way that will hopefully help to normalise the experience of mental health problems and help reduce stigma.

telesilla: 3W4DW — Day ???

I don’t need to explain to anyone why I’m on government assistance, because you know what? It’s none of anyone’s damn business.

Brendan Borrell (Los Angeles Times): Pro/Con: Time to reexamine bipolar diagnosis in children?

In a draft of the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the American Psychiatric Association’s bible — a new label, temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, is proposed for these behaviors instead. Unlike bipolar disorder, the new label doesn’t specify that the disorder is a lifelong condition.

4 Comments

  1. I begin to understand now why British friends often call The Daily Mail (Janet Street-Porter’s newspaper) The Daily Fail. Just because we’re not hearing as much from lower class women/women of color/immigrant women with depression doesn’t mean they don’t have it. Sheesh!

  2. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10645960 I just found this terrible article. An elderly woman “ran away” from a rest home without telling family, and seemed like she was well prepared for her trip. The only mention of what she actually wants was a sentence about how she didn’t think she was ready to be in a rest home. And, of course, no information was given on why the family were forcing her to live in a rest home against her will. But of course the article dwells on how relieved her family is to have found her, without mentioning whether they forced her to come back to the rest home (though it is implied).

    Ugh. How is this not elder abuse?

  3. I don’t understand the commentary around the Janet Street Porter article (which I understand is not your own) — more like, “what we’re seeing is a woman with a powerful voice in the media encouraging stigma and discriminating against people with mental illness”. I feel thoroughly disgusted and personally wounded by her piece. The Daily “Fail” is renowned for this kind of boohickey, but it’s one of most-read newspapers in the country.

  4. Diane, I think the pull-quote is referring to the articles that Street-Porter talks about; I’m sorry if that was confusing!