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Getting Shrunk

I'm off this week to get my head examined, so am taking a break from using it.  This would be your opportunity to examine the many features of Prozac Monologues.  Here is a brief tour of the site and some tips for cyber-dinosaurs.

The basic breakdown: on the left are mental health and medication resources.  To your right are helps to navigate around the site, plus some fun stuff.

Text that appears in tan is a link to somewhere else.  The links on the left are to sites outside Prozac Monologues.  Most on the right go somewhere on the blog itself.  Notice in particular the feature called Labels.  If you click on a word in that list, several past posts on the same subject will appear.  The bigger the word, the more often I have written on it.  The right side also includes videos that change occasionally and sometimes coordinate with the current post, and sometimes not.  Ditto the Word of the Week.

The text in the middle is the new stuff I try to write once a week, weather and brain …

Mental Health Day -- The Funner Version of Advocacy

Last week it was Mental Illness Awareness Week, according to NAMI.  So today it's World Mental Health Day, according to WHO.  The World Health Organization, that's WHO.

That's a week for mental illness, a day for mental health.  Whoever organizes these things must be reading my mood chart.

I cycle within cycles.  In the larger circle, I have been able to maintain a stable state for a while now -- the state of jaded, that is.  So I take up this week where I left off last week, continuing the repost of a series on the sorry state of mental health advocacy.  This second post takes a glass-half-full approach.

Not exactly mental health, but at least the upside of mentally interesting.  I mean, we got these diseases for life.  We might as well learn to make them work for us.

Mental Illness Awareness Week - Because We Are Really Good at Delusional

Imagine this -- Somebody from NAMI attends one of those campaign events and gets to the microphone.  Intending to ask about the candidate's views on funding for community mental health, this poor parent begins with a statement:

People with severe mental illness die on average twenty-five years before everybody else.  They have the expected lifespan of Somalia.

Nowadays the crowd will cheer.  But that particular youtube wouldn't go viral.


I am jaded about this Mental Illness Awareness thing.  It will not be subjected to any Best Practices evaluation.  NAMI and the pharmaceutical industry have been making us more aware of mental illness for decades now.  The numbers on prejudice have not budged.  They have not budged.

That negativity -- does it mean I am currently displaying symptoms or that I have done my research?  Both, actually.

I'll cop to the irony here.  I myself was a speaker at one of those Mental Illness Awareness Week events once, held on a Sunday night in a not-much-t…