“Driving Somewhere Beautiful” by Mike Snell

16 Feb

“I had always resisted pressure to seek medical help for what I saw as my uniqueness. I preferred to believe that my moods were an essential and perhaps defining characteristic of my personality. My depressive phases were emotionally painful but I believed they allowed me a privileged access to a kind of truth too difficult for most people to bear. My heightened moods were the best of me, concentrated and distilled into a point so fine it could pierce the membrane separating me from the outside world and allow me to connect with the universe in ways that felt almost supernatural.”

http://theicarusproject.net/article/driving-somewhere-beautiful

Incidentally: check out the Icarus Project website: theicarusproject.net. Think Psychology Today meets Adbusters. The non-profit organization “envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of ‘mental illness’ rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.” It’s an interesting lens for defining and understanding mental illness, and a good counterbalance to the sterility of psychiatric definitions. I’m not as down on meds as they are, but with the trend of over-medication and the recent spike in bipolar diagnoses, a frank discussion of the flaws inherent to psychiatric culture and a discourse to define mental illness in more philosophical, humanist terms seem very much in order. Definitely worth checking out.
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