There was an Elephant. One day the sun came up - What beautiful light! The elephant basked in the light and was happy. But at the end of the day, the sun went down - What terrible darkness! And he elephant searched for light, but did not find it - Searched in the dark, and was unhappy. … Continue reading The Elephant and the Lion
I've been unsure of how to write this one for a while. Today I broke down into a puddle of something I don't like to be. It began with kicking a trash can and ended with becoming paralyzed in bed because if I get up I may or may not bust into my bathroom and … Continue reading Emergencies And Asking For Help
I've been considerably absent from Change But The Name for a few months. I have none other than me, myself, and bipolar disorder to thank for this. This has resulted in unemployment, insecurity, and a lot of self-care. Anyway, Matt's been asking for me to post something. In response to my mood swings I've taken … Continue reading Art Feels Stupid But Whatever
Good Will Hunting is one of my all-time favorite films. It's packed with potent quotables, wisdom, meaningful relationships, and stand-alone pedagogical scenes. Perhaps one that has continued to resonate with me as I've traversed the ineffable world of mental illness is the following scene in which Will explains his position on taking undeserved abuse: WILL: … Continue reading I Used To Go With The Wrench
One has oodles and oodles of time when living at a homeless shelter; this blessing in disguise can be utilized to complete long-term projects like making amateur drawings and paintings of arbitrary historical figures. Having already made an attempt to draw Abe with charcoal, I set myself to the mind-numbing task of creating and cutting … Continue reading CBTN Host John Ward Insults Abe Lincoln (Again) By Painting Him
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
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)
CBTN host and CPS John Ward quotes from an excellent Maria Angell article on the corruption of the drug industry, the doctors who propagate this nonsense, and some thoughts on why mental "illness" is the mother of the mother-of-all misnomers.
John wisely utilizes his time in a homeless shelter to draw Abe Lincoln, but makes up for it by taking the time to post it too.
How to use the CBTN proprietary P.I.M.P. method to get yourself out of manic, depressive, and mixed episodes.