Monthly Archives: August 2012

Another bright story to share

A nice story about Alicia Raimundo appeared in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. She’s one of five Canadians chosen nationwide to be one of the 2012 Faces of Mental Illness. Excerpt: Yet Raimundo said often people only talk about mental illness when … Continue reading

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Hope in the dark

I was pointed to this article in the Toronto Star. It’s something anyone should read. It details many of the pitfalls of the mental health system. Kit Skelly was a promising biology student as a child before having onset of … Continue reading

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Another step in my journey

A funny thing happened on Tuesday. I was busy practising for my presentation when my supervisor emailed and asked me to call her. “I was wondering how you were feeling about Thursday.” She had picked up on our Monday meeting … Continue reading

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Twiddling my thumbs before a deadline…

You know a long time ago, I got told by no less than my psychiatrist that going back to university and completing my undergraduate degree would be too stressful for someone with paranoid schizophrenia. For many years I internalized that … Continue reading

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A nice article while I am otherwise occupied

Via the Sacramento Bee, this story about the challenges of mental health in Missouri is worth the read. Excerpt: For three decades the 54-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman has struggled with schizophrenia. The chronic mental illness twists how people think, … Continue reading

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Back to work

So for the past week I had actually taken some time off from finishing my M.Sc. on the advice of my supervisor. I don’t relax well and usually am happiest when I am working on something. This has caused problems … Continue reading

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World’s Maddest Job Interview–Review–warning spoilers

I’ve blogged about the Channel 4 program before. Essentially it’s a reality show, with participants competing against each other to secure a job while being evaluated by three employers. The twist is that some of the participants have mental illnesses, … Continue reading

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A conversation about James Holmes

I’ve blogged before about James Holmes, who stands accused of being the perpetrator in the Aurora, Colorado Batman mass-shooting. In that previous post, I argued that it might have been premature to hype “mental illness” as the convenient explanation to … Continue reading

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Staycation and other things

After lengthy discussions with my supervisor, I have elected to take a week off starting last Saturday. It’s hard for me to step away from work. I spent too many years being completely unproductive that I am a bit uncomfortable … Continue reading

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Erin Hawkes – When Quietness Came – A Review

I sometimes have trouble reading these sorts of stories involving personal struggles with mental illness, not least because I can relate to at least some of it. Unpleasant memories can thus be triggered simply because I can identify with the … Continue reading

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