Things Not to Do When the Carnival Kicks in**

6 Aug

**See stand-up comic Doug Stanhope’s profanity-laden description of the carnival below.

1. Watch that macabre shit I usually love so very very much: The Killing, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story, and trashy, increasingly unwatchable True Blood. NO horror movies or psychological thrillers–they invariably include trauma and family dysfunction, and they sometimes make me speedy.

2. Participate in social media. Don’t broadcast the crazy. Also, online exchanges can provoke me.

(Case in point: last night’s horrifying parlay with random militant antipsychiatrist on Mad in America’s site. She kept putting quotation marks around  the words “mental illness” and “schizophrenia.” I feel like antipsychiatrists are the Tea Party of the mental health community: whatever valid arguments they have are vitiated by polarized thinking, a persecution complex, and snarky insistence that anyone with a different viewpoint is “drinking Kool-Aid.”)

3. Talk to people who can drain or trigger me.

4. Make irreversible decisions about anything long-term or important.

5. Tell my husband he’d be Better Off Without Me.

6. Drink caffeine (okay, one cup in the morning unless the anxiety’s really bad).

7. Watch or read the news.

8. Forget to eat.

9. Eat poorly, as in processed food, takeout food, high fructose etc.

10. Stay up too late.

11. Wake up too late.

12.  Fall down the rabbit hole of deconstruction.

13. Allow it to win.

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