Yourself Versus Your Self

HEURISTIC OR MENTAL ILLNESS? THE ACT AND EFFICACY OF THINKING OF YOURSELF AS MORE THAN ONE PERSON Ever had that feeling that maybe there's more than one you inside your head? Mental "illness" hardly has a monopoly on this sensation - unless you insist on claiming nearly every genuine illuminato from present back to origin was … Continue reading Yourself Versus Your Self

The Dream World Of #MentalIllness On Twitter

Twitter is an absolute dream when it comes to #MentalIllness. In the interests of making some sense of this world-class clusterfuck, I'll be periodically highlighting and documenting some key categories of tweets. Before we get started, I'll point out a few things in case you think you'd enjoy following along or helping with the organization. … Continue reading The Dream World Of #MentalIllness On Twitter

The Difference Between “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!” and “I don’t care.”

CHANGE BUT THE NAME

In increasingly frequent operation of the CBTN Twitter handle (and life in general, when I find myself interacting with others) I’ve come across a troubling prevalence of the retaliatory statement “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!

The thing to which this FUCK! is not being given is an insulting statement or stigma, often unintentional or passively ignorant – mental illness isn’t real, or eating disorders are stupid, et. al. ad infinitum/naseum/triggered-episodium.  I think you get the idea (and more than likely have both used this standard retaliation or at least borne witness to its implementation).

I here (with a metaphorical nod to the importance of primacy in being candid) admit without a shred of shame that I am myself a recovering addict of this type of categorical ‘self-empowering’ outburst, all-too-often for the reasons mentioned above: Fuck me? No, FUCK YOU!

The problem I came to understand was that…

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Daniel Died Today

HERE'S A STORY, AND IT'S TRUE... DANIEL DIED TODAY This morning, January 24th 2017, I was sitting on the front porch of the homeless shelter, ground zero of the United Smokers Front doing what the United Smokers do best - smoking a cigarette. What began as a solo act (the USF moves a little slow … Continue reading Daniel Died Today

The Gray Zebra – A Parable About Mixed Episodes

Once there was a zebra - a normal zebra, just your savanna-variety black-and-white-striped equine home boy. He had a name, but it doesn't matter. He had stripes, and that does. Some of his stripes were white - bright white, if there's such a thing; pure white, holy white, sexy-yet-tastefully-chaste white. Cool white. Awesome white. Ambrosial … Continue reading The Gray Zebra – A Parable About Mixed Episodes

Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Old Man and Death

Re-Purposing Aesopica for Mental Illness/Mental Health Recovery THE OLD MAN AND DEATH Aesop was an ancient Greek fabulist, or story-teller - and also a slave. He lived roughly 2,500 years ago (born c. 600 BC); his collected works are know as Aesop's Fables, or simply Aesopica. These stories are pedagogical tools designed, like the parables of Jesus … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Old Man and Death

Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Crow And The Pitcher

Re-Purposing Aesop for Mental Illness/Mental Health Recovery Aesop was an ancient Greek fabulist, or story-teller. He lived roughly 2,500 years ago (born c. 600 BC); his collected works are know as Aesop's Fables. These stories are pedagogical tools designed, like the parables of Jesus and the excerpt from CBTN's namesake Hellenic poet Horace, to teach … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Crow And The Pitcher

The Uniquely “Mental Illness” Problem Of Not Being Able To Be Happy (Because Happiness Is Evil)

There is plenty of literature on depression. It ranges from tween tweets to casual blog posts to self-liberated mothers-turned-mentors;  academic articles and drug trials to biopic conspiracies about the “27 club”; accidentally post-modern postmodernist tomes like Infinite Jest to the drug-infused sojourns of truth-seeking psychonauts; spins on each and every theorized root cause from body-image-induced … Continue reading The Uniquely “Mental Illness” Problem Of Not Being Able To Be Happy (Because Happiness Is Evil)