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A seven page story about my time working on an psychiatric ward. Many of the details here have been changed to protect the identity of the people portrayed.


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I've suffered my own serious bouts of depression. If anyone had told me a couple of years ago that I'd make a full recovery and gain something to live for, I wouldn't have believed them. It seemed to me back then that there was nothing in life to look forward to except more despair. Yet here I am now with a good future ahead of me. It can be done, but the solution is different for each person. You have to believe that you're worth something. It's a puzzle only you can work out yourself.

Take care

Beautiful, just beautiful. I'm glad there will be motifs of hope in your book. I hit the end of this and cried too. I love your artwork, in this series and in the other art I have seen whilst browsing by.
I'm trying to get assessed for ADHD or at least figure out what is going on, I know there is sometimes mis- and cross-diagnosis with BPD but everything I've read of mania is not in any of my previous experience (who knows though.) My mind does race but in a different way, and the bouncing around is due to my wandering attention. For years I struggled with depression and self-harm, not always at the same time, and I don't know if I can call myself cured now, but these past couple years have been rather amazing in that even though my life is not much different I have somehow turned it into a life I love living. Having lived through that and come out on this other side really helps in its own way. I don't know the likelihood of you encountering ADHD types in your work on the ward, or if there will be something present in the book about it, but I can definitely relate to the general stigma of mental illness even if I don't consider myself to be ill (I am still trying to seek help.) For ADHD it is more often that you are lazy, you can focus if you try really hard, you are unmotivated, you would remember if you cared, etc. This possibility is, thankfully, opening up like a wonderful light on my life. Wow, sorry for the lil' life story there.

I know I mentioned in an earlier comment but I cannot wait until your book comes out. More and more I entertain the idea of trying to get into some kind of psychology-related career. Maybe by going into something I am passionate about (and with a diagnosis) I can stay focused enough to finish and end up believing in my career.

I've read these and I love them all.

Just a quick comment: here you say it can take up to two weeks for medication to work. I've generally heard it can take six to eight.

Was just linked her from someplace else. This is beautiful. Thank you. I can't believe I'm actually crying.

These are absolutely brilliant.

A question: I'm teaching a course on perceptions of mental illness next semester. Would it be okay to use two or three of these with my students?

Yes, I'm very keen for the book to be used for educational purposes. Thanks. Can I ask where you came across my work? I'm getting a lot of new feedback about this work and I'd like to know who is linking to it.

I got here from kijikun, who commented just above me. (If you'd like further information about how I'm using the comics or how my students respond, please feel free to let me know. I'd be glad to keep you posted!)

Thank you for this, I friend of my sent me those links and I've felt a bit relieved. The guilt about my state hurts.

thank you, really, really thank you for this.


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