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mental health mondays :: taking a mental health day

metal wealth monday?
since i haven't had a chance to think through doing something smart and/ or informative, i've decided [not for the first time -ed.] to let this week's mental health monday be about what others have to say. enjoy hearing other opinions for once!

personality disorders made easy :: a very good nuts-and-bolts look at different personality disorder groups. there's a link at the bottom of the post that takes you to more detailed explanations on specific disorders.

what's new? :: not much, according to the delightful brain behind neuroskeptic, at least not in the world of antidepressants.

war of words :: i had this article recommended to me, and it's an interesting piece on the battle that's shaping the upcoming revision of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. i say "interesting" rather than "informative", because i think he raises valid concerns about the possible stigmatization of merely eccentric behaviour, but i could spot a few factual errors [anti-psychotics are not more prescribed than heart or cholesterol medications] and those that i could spot make me wonder how well-researched the other facts he cites are. [bonus points for the pixies-inspired title.]

stroop-a-doop :: a bit of cognitive fun...

mhm will be back in its regular form next week, assuming that i can make myself stop watching american politics on the television, which i swear is making me dumber by the minute.

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making faces :: fall for all, part 2 [a seasonal colour analysis experiment]

well, installment one was the easy part: coming up with autumn looks for the autumn seasons. now we move into seasonal colour types that aren't as well-aligned with the typical autumn palette. first up, we deal with the winter seasons: dark, true and bright.

in colour analysis, each "parent" season- spring, summer, autumn, winter- overlap with each other season in one colour dimension- hue [warm/ cool], value [light/ dark] and chroma [saturated/ muted]. autumn is warm, dark and muted [relatively speaking], whereas winter is cool, dark and saturated. so you can see that the points of crossover in palettes, the places where you can emphasize autumn's attributes, is in the darker shades.

it's unsurprising that as fall transitions into winter, you get the darkest shades of all. we've seen the warmer equivalent in the dark autumn look from last time, so from there, as with all neutral seasons, we move from the warmer to the cooler cognate...


mental health mondays :: all the monsters are here

i had meant to post about this project much earlier, since it was done during october, but i still think it's very much worth a look. artist shawn coss drew a "portrait" of a mental disorder for every day of october [mental health month], something that tries to convey what the feeling of having that disease is. his work reminds me a little of ralph steadman's iconic hunter s. thompson covers, and especially gerald scarfe's animations for pink floyd's the wall. his figures are somewhere between spectral humans and insectoid aliens, all ravenous appetite and primal destructiveness.

i chose a few favourites to share, but i highly encourage you, if you like what you see, to pre-order the book he's publishing with all the drawings. [you can also get 11x17 prints of individual images.]

autism spectrum disorder

as coss notes himself, asd is not a disorder, per se, but he included it since it's still listed in the dsm-v. autism does very much affect the min…

making faces :: burberry bits

during my brief sojourn in the west last month, i did have the time to stop by the holt renfrew there and
see one of the only two burberry makeup counters in canada. i'm not in the least bit happy that this collection has been limited to the toronto and vancouver flagship stores, especially since we have a beautiful flagship store here in montreal. and now that i've actually gotten to try burberry products, i'm even less happy about the limited availability.

burberry are still newcomers to the cosmetic world, having launched their collection just a few short years ago. they've already become darlings of the makeup mafia, with virtually all of their products garnering rave reviews from ladies who know their stuff. as you might expect from a design house, the products are pricy and even by the standards of prestige brands, their prices are high, but it's worth noting that you tend to get a fair amount of product. which is especially nice when you're limited as t…