Submitted by scatter on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 8:35am
I've struggled with melancholy since early youth-ranging from suicidal crisis-to blanketing sorrow-to months of numb depression. Sometimes sadness comes when I see a styrofoam cup and think about the environmental damage our society is causing; when I think about rape and war; or when I think about a friend in an abusive relationship. Sometimes I'm sad for no clear reason. Feeling sad about the world, and tending toward depression in general, has been a major motivating force for my activism, yet conversely, that same sensitivity can have a paralyzing effect which prevents me from being the non-stop activist I idealize. Learning to work with my depression, rather than against it has been necessary. I learn to try to flow with my moods, fighting the sorrow less, accepting the melancholy into my life as a teacher who keeps me in touch with the destruction of the planet.
Submitted by will on Mon, 12/24/2007 - 4:03pm
Icarus member Steven Smiles put together these notes summarizing the work of psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Download attached file.
Submitted by Icarus Project on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 12:31am
In order to understand mental health we need a new language that speaks from the point of view of the person who wants to heal, not from the psychiatric industry, which seeks to judge and categorize people, with the intent of medicating them. These labels that have been created to describe mental illness; bipolar disorder, depression, disassociative identity disorder, etcetera. These labels were created for psychiatrists so that they could diagnosis their patients. What do they do for you and I?
Submitted by will on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 5:25am
Special edition of the Public Libary of Science on disease promotion by Big Pharma.
Submitted by will on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 5:13am
Leading UK critical psychiatrist on the soaring rates of bipolar diagnosis as a result of pharma marketing.