Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from 2018

mental health mondays :: employee of the month

one of the things that makes mental health difficult to manage is that it can be difficult to tell which are the symptoms and which are the root causes of a disorder. another is that sometimes the symptoms can disguise themselves as things we normally value. both of those things collided for me reading this piece in the atlantic, which deals with the possibility that work addiction may be a coping mechanism employed by people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

the idea isn't particularly farfetched; after all, 52% of men and 28% of women with ptsd will at some time in their lives meet the clinical criteria for addiction. and ptsd is often first identified through habits linked to displaced anxiety. and what gets linked to anxiety more than a demanding job? but drawing the line between the two isn't quite as easy as it looks.

work addiction isn't accepted as an addiction disorder in the way that alcoholism and drug addiction are. that makes it a little difficult to talk …

mental health mondays :: the dangers of diagnosing

when you take a look at any reputable online source of information about mental health, it comes with a warning that anything you read on the site should not be considered a substitute for evaluation by a medical professional. so why are so many people jumping on the bandwagon to diagnose donald trump?

it's not uncommon for people to make glib judgments about the mental health of others, because we think that we understand what disorders entail. when i was working in offices, i noticed a lot of this: an immature and garrulous employee being labeled and partially excused because others were certain he had adhd, or a moody and indecisive boss dismissed as bipolar. [as you can imagine, that one struck me as particularly ignorant and, since i was the audience, ironic.] but in the case of trump, even professionals are weighing in on the subject. no fewer than twenty-seven psychiatrists have collaborated on a book called the dangerous case of donald trump. up to now, it's been unde…

mental health mondays :: coming soon

i've had a lot of requests to bring this feature back, as in really back, on a weekly basis, not just when i feel like it, or when something in particular catches my interest. and the truth is that i miss writing about all sorts of crazy, whether its my own or other people's or ideas about it or anything that's related, really. and my past posts do continue to generate a surprising number of views. so, this is my way of saying that, yes, i will be bringing back mental health mondays and i will be making every attempt to keep it on a regular schedule.

since the subject has been of interest to me for a long time, i've continued to keep up with developments, which means that i have a fair number of things that it's occurred to me to write on. and since i tend to be lazy and disorganised about things related to this blog, i'm making this post rather than diving right in with a post on the subject of mental health in order to give myself time to go through the thin…

music to my ears 2017

the blog has been sadly music-less this year, but that doesn't mean that my life has. indeed, i've found myself discovering things, and rediscovering things, at too great a speed for me to keep up with. every time i get a handle on something and want to write about it here or elsewhere, i seem to get distracted by something else. and then i go back to listening to things that i don't feel i explored in proper depth. thus does my musical self hang in a perpetual sort purgatory.

one of the biggest musical highlights of the year was actually a live show: severed heads performing at la sala rosa. not only was this an opportunity to see a long-admired favourite, but it turned out to be very close to perfect in terms of the selection of songs played. i didn't get to hear my very favourite song ["guests" from city slab horror], but that's not surprising, given that it's an obscure album track. everything else was dizzyingly satisfying.

immediately in the wa…