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).
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
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.