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by Elliot Gavin Keenan, 11/29/16 Originally published in gravel magazine in 2017; as of 9/24/21, no longer available on their website. Mozart was crazy. Flat fucking crazy. Batshit, I hear. But his music’s not crazy; it’s balanced, it’s nimble, it’s crystalline clear. There’s harmony, logic. You listen to these, you don’t hear his doubts or … Read More

How does lithium work?

Ah, lithium; it’s been our gold-standard treatment for bipolar disorder for many years, and can work for people who have failed other drug trials. It is also one of the only drugs known to decrease the risk of suicide1. But how does it work? It’s a bit more complicated to understand than, for example, an … Read More

Dirty Dyl (Art Therapy)

Dirty Dyl (Art Therapy) I.Dirty Dyl, known for his ostentatious attitude(typical of a manic persona)wants to have a rap battlein the middleof the TV room. Dirty Dyl, who lostphone privileges on his first nightdialing 911:I’m being heldhostage at South OaksHospital, he said& then screamed &shouted & started to cry — I ask him if poetry … Read More

Happy World Bipolar Day!

I am bipolar type 1. 🎭 That is the most severe form of bipolar disorder. (Bipolar 2 can have very severe depression, but because it doesn’t have severe mania it doesn’t progress along the same course. Something like that.) I’ve been inpatient 18 times, and I’ve been discharged from the ER a few additional times … Read More

Rebranding psychiatry

A lot of people with conditions that are defined in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) disagree with what their condition is called. In this post, I’m going to muse over changing the names of psychiatric disorders. Manic Depression -> Bipolar Disorder -> Manic Depression When the DSM-III was published, the DSM … Read More

What does hyperactivity look like in adults?

I had always thought I had ADHD inattentive type. However, when I recently asked my psychiatrist (out of curiosity) she chuckled and said that, in her clinical opinion, I have the combined type. Part of my perception may come from that fact that, due to my mild cerebral palsy, I move at a much slower … Read More

After a suicide attempt

Caution: this post contains explicit discussion of suicide Two days ago (on September 10th) was World Suicide Prevention Day. Although it is important to address prevention of suicide attempts, the strongest predictor of a fatal (or “completed”) suicide is a history of previous, non-fatal suicide attempts. The risk factors for suicide attempts are more diverse … Read More

Bipolar disorder and media consumption

Recently, on Twitter, I confessed that I had not been able to complete reading NeuroTribes (a very interesting book, and also a lengthy one). The other person insisted that a PhD student should be able to read a book and accused me of lacking academic integrity — basically, that I am lazy and don’t deserve … Read More

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