Modifications to my Skepticon 5 name tag.

At Skepticon 4 I gave a personal account of my struggle with anorexia, depression, and hallucinations.  It took quite a bit out of me and I’ve declined to give it again every since (though now I think I’d be willing again). But it was very worth it.  Everywhere I speak now I have people give [Read More...]

Why I care about mental illness

Steven here… Four years ago I was living in Portland, Oregon and had been trying to get back into the habit of writing, which I had neglected for more years than is acceptable. The woman I was dating had a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a sister, which made for a formidable motivation. After all, if [Read More...]

The psyche of children held for ransom.

For an ad campaign for a clothing store, Disney has redesigned some of its most popular characters as pencil-thin, tall models. The message that this delivers to children will have deadly consequences. [Read more...]

ScienceMag live chat on mental illness in a few hours!

Today’s ScieneMag live chat will be over mental illness. Psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are an enormous cause of disability throughout the world. Yet most current medications are no better than drugs discovered more than half a century ago, and some pharmaceutical companies seem to be giving up. Why has progress in this [Read More...]

Atheist social worker arranges mental health forum in Cincinnati.

Holy crap, how did I not know about this? Thanks to Hemant for making me aware of it. Spencer Troxell is an atheist social worker at a homeless shelter in Ohio and he’s put together a mental health forum for victims of mental illness and their families. I will be in Kansas City on the [Read More...]

Why do we ignore eating disorders in men?

My friend Amber, who first dragged me to a doctor when depression/anorexia got its hooks into me, posted this article today on facebook.  Just…go read it. A heartbreaking piece on male eating disorders in this month’s GQ highlights a problem that, even now, is one of unknown scale and one with unknown treatment options. The [Read More...]

Exorcism on the rise.

DrB-   To the great pleasure of the Catholic church, exorcism is on the rise in Poland.   “The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told [Read More...]

Message from the bottom.

You’ve probably noticed, but ever since going into my latest downturn mental illness-wise, I’ve been unable to write anything of substance.  Even the post about separation of church and state was cobbled together from where I’d written about it elsewhere.  I can’t seem to conjure up any eloquence.  It feels like I’m trying to communicate [Read More...]

What if we treated every illness the way we treat mental illness?

This is pretty powerful. I’m up and down right now.  I thought I was doing a lot better this weekend, but today has been very difficult.  I’ll write more on it later. I want to write when I’m in the middle of a downturn because I want people to get a glimpse into what it’s [Read More...]

More update

Between naps and sleep last night, I got eleven hours of sleep.  I’ve napped a couple times today already and feel like I could sleep forever.  I got through my workout today without throwing up and did the whole thing. I’m not great, but I’m certainly not in the dire shape I was this whole [Read More...]


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