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Are Terrorists Mentally Ill?

Posted on December 4, 2015 in Stigma Terrorism

The kneejerk is to claim that terrorists are mentally ill.

Madness in Senegal

Posted on October 24, 2015 in Bipolar Disorder Hospitals and Prisons Vacation 2015

square926I wasn’t able to arrange any interviews. The doctors in the Senegalese mental hospitals were defensive, fearful that I would paint a bad picture of conditions, or busy. The assurances of the State Department staff who were helping me didn’t sooth this naive patriotism or persuade them to give me half an hour, but I learned a little. There’s no social security in Senegal, so the mentally ill either rely on the care of their family or begging. I didn’t see many people who struck me as being afflicted on the streets (unlike London and Paris), so I assumed that they had been assimilated into the crowd and received care of sorts from other dwellers of Dakar’s streets.

The luckier among the mentally ill receive support from their families who send them to mental institutions where they receive treatment in the form of psychotropics. These help as long as the money holds out — a familiar story to those of us who remember the dark days before Obamacare. I can’t tell you about the conditions in the hospitals; so, I don’t know if they followed the best standards of care or if they were dank prisons where patients were chained or locked into padded cells.

Mental illness is recognized even in the more remote and traditional areas, which refutes the myth that people in Africa regard people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as holy. Instead, they are ostracized and feared — as they have always been, even when they have found a niche as shamans.

Most of the mentally ill disappear into the mass of people walking the streets of this city. They are ignored and forgotten, their symptoms shrugged off which is not the reverence of the myth makers. There’s rumor of an American in one of the suburbs who is in episode; there is no retrieving him and taking him home, however, because he will not come into the embassy for evaluation.

If I stayed around, I might see more; time is running out, however.

Second Wife

Posted on October 24, 2015 in Class Vacation 2015

She wanted to know which of the women sitting next to me — Lynn and an Australian woman living in Geneva — was my first wife and which was my second wife.

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Senegal and other places

Posted on October 23, 2015 in Bipolar Disorder Depression Encounters Mania Vacation 2015

I’ve been in three time zones this trip

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Dream

Posted on October 22, 2015 in Dreams

I’ve gotten two jobs in London — or it is the same job?

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The Trip

Posted on October 1, 2015 in Agitation Bipolar Disorder Photography Vacation 2015

Why am I doing this? I don’t want to go mad.

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The Basis of My Mental Health/Mental Illness Advocacy

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Advocacy Stigma

This article stakes out my position and makes a stand for what I believe.

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Dream

Posted on September 26, 2015 in Dreams

Lynn grows a third eye.

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The Enemy of My Enemy Can Still Be My Enemy

Posted on September 24, 2015 in Stigma

The opposition to Murphy’s Law has made some strange bedfellows, but I am not willing to get into bed with just any of them.

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Stigma: Blaming the Victim, Denying the Victim

Posted on September 17, 2015 in Netiots Psycho-bunk Stigma

Blaming and denying the victim are calculated to avoid responsibility.

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The Fallacies of Stigma: A Primer

Posted on September 8, 2015 in Netiots Stigma

The arguments of stigma are often cited as reasonable, but a closer examination shows that they are flawed.

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A Letter to President Obama

Posted on August 25, 2015 in Advocacy Stigma

I am crazy. The Republican Congress is willful, destructive, and evil. Please make the separation.

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