SE 12 Ep 3 Violence And Mental Illness

In this episode I talk about a wistful Facebook post that blew up on me. I try to explain my feeling that violence is a symptom of mental illness while making it clear that I speak from the experience of being mentally ill and suffering from violent outbursts. I talk about the value of mental health treatment for all and my wish to eradicate all weapons from the world (not just guns).

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SE 11 Ep 28 Activism Games

In this episode I talk about my disability review, an activist gaming night, attending a Chico Peace Endeavor Board Meeting, my on going volunteer activities at The Chico Peace and Justice Center and getting a mentee for HopeXchange’s Bipolar Mentoring Program

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SE 11 Ep 26 Cognitive Distortions and Empathy

In this episode I talk about the limits of empathy in the mental health industry. I offer some ideas for gaining greater empathy and describe my current process for gaining greater empathy. I also describe the issue of over empathizing and how I am dealing with my tendency to do this. I also talk about cognitive distortions and the limits of CBT and medications for treating suicidal and hopeless people. Finally I relate my current experience of being somewhat manic and not being able to rest. I make a self care plan and will report back in the next episode.

It is suicide prevention month. If you are feeling suicidal Call 1-800-273-8255 in The United States for help. If you are close to making an attempt dial 911! For numbers in other countries visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

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