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  • Pain and Public Spaces The singer Martha Wainwright has a song entitled “Bleeding All Over You” that begins with the following set of lyrics: There are days when the cage doesn’t seem to open very wide at all I know it sounds negative, but some days, I can definitely relate. Maybe it’s the fact that I pass fairly regularly as able-bodied–at least in ...
  • BADD: The radical notion that people with disabilities are people, and Australia’s 2020 Summit This post ...
  • Ill The topic of mental illness came up again with the latest large-scale hate crime against women to make national news. It’s a nice easy narrative for George Sodini to be a psycho, to be crazy, to be mentally ill because then we don’t have to understand him. We don’t have to relate, because ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 15, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 15, 2009
  • More Research Like This, Please! There is a neurochemical link between psychosis and creativity, according to psychiatrist Szabolcs Keri of Semmelweis University in Hungary. He studied neuregulin 1, a gene that typically is involved with neuron development and communication. A variant genotype, though, is associated with a great risk of developing mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar. Keri studied a bunch ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 14th, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 14, 2009
  • Second Shift for the Sick (Originally posted November 2008 at three rivers fog.) I had always meant to expand upon this topic, but never found the right words for it, succinct and meaningful. But, well, that’s not exactly my style either. My job situation is still shitty, and I’m currently part-timing at a retail pharmacy as a cashier. (Sample day: Mid-20s white ...
  • Rant: Your Logic is SO Faulty! You have no grasp of logic! Your argument is invalid! – this is what I started yelling at my computer when I came across this story in my Google Reader: Should parents be worried? A new parent survey indicates that the number of American children with autism has doubled since 2003, to 1 in 91. The ...
  • Why Do I Care What the Families Think? I have a longstanding problem with reading any comment threads on posts discussing whether people with mental disabilities should be “allowed” to decide what medication and treatment they want, if they want any at all. The threads usually have one or two comments agreeing with the post, and then quickly devolve into stories from people ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Hysterical Welcome to Ableist Word Profile, a (probably intermittent) series in which staffers will profile various ableist words, talk about how they are used, and talk about how to stop using them. Ableism is not feminism, so it’s important to talk about how to eradicate ableist language from our vocabularies. This post is marked 101, which ...