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A further tale from my time working on a psychiatric ward.








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absolutely fantastic. I have a family member like this. It's very moving to read about. Would you categorize psychopaths as having a personality disorder?
It sounds the same as the definition you quoted, specifically having no remorse, anxiety or reaction to punishment.

Yes, that's right. Psychopath is a very loaded word, though, that I'm not keen to use.

Yeah, me neither. But I do think it's interesting. I have been reading a lot about Autism lately (mostly Oliver Sacks) and it seems like there is almost the same level of disconnect between them and understanding many human socail interactions and emotions. I'm not trying to imply that Autistic people are psychopaths, but maybe some psychopaths have been undiagnosed Autistic and the misfortune of their lives only increases their disorder and problems.

I loved this. I don't know why, but I like the occasional panels you have with just your glasses "talking."

Hello, I stumbled upon your livejournal through finkenstein.

Your comics are quite wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading more.

I'm another Jess Fink linkee.

I've been a healthcare worker for over a decade now. The first five years of my career were spent as a nursing assistant in an extended care facility... much of that time was spent working in a lock-down dementia unit. After I graduated from nursing school in `02 I spent about 3 years working in mental health and substance abuse.

I've greatly enjoyed this series of comics! It's great to see someone give voice to this side of life. This is a unique method of advocating for two very vulnerable groups of people. Thank you, and I hope to see more!

Mental Illness Comics

Thank you, Darryl. I've just finished reading your set of comics on your experiences working at the mental health hospital (via the Metafilter link). I worked in a psychiatric institute in New York between 1976 and 1982 and I can vouch for the truth and accuracy of what you depict. I enjoyed the work and felt bad about leaving, but the pay for attendants wasn't sufficient to live on and raise my family. I worked primarily in the geriatric building, so your "Dementia Ward" piece really brought back memories. But I used to work as much overtime as I could, and have been assigned to the acute admissions ward to conduct visual observations as well (we termed them "one on ones), and have felt that nervousness and fear as well.

The whole topic of mental illness is little understood by the public and, as you point out, most likely to be met with prejudice and scorn. The understanding and compassion you bring to the subject is a wonderful thing. The comic format by which you present it could be a powerful method for education. It would be great if these could find a wider distribution.

My compliments to you. Oh yes, I'm enjoying the rest of your comic work as well.

I'm glad a friend linked me to you. I like your comics a lot.

In college I had a psychology teacher who's classes I'd sign up for whenever I could though it wasn't my major. She was a doctor in a mental health institute in the Ukraine during the Soviet years. She had incredible stories.

On the topic of most dangerous patient she'd ever seen, one of hers was a discharged Spetsnaz soldier, Russia's most elite special forces. As much a propaganda piece as a military outfit. You can recognize old photos of them easily, they'll be the ones doing back flips over eight foot high walls of barbed wire while hurling an axe at a man shaped target.

He would go into psychotic rages she said, and he could produce a weapon from any material, they had to keep him in a bare cell because they just couldn't find bedding that he couldn't make a weapon out of, and they didn't have enough people to safely get him in and out of restraints. He even made sedating him while restrained extraordinarily different. He killed a doctor, and then got transferred to somewhere else.

Her stories were always fascinating, but hardly ever uplifting.

RepetItive rather than repetAtive, page five, top right panel.


personality disorders

I've read a few of the chapters you've posted and I've really enjoyed them. I just finished up an acute care psychiatry rotation for pharmacy school and it was a great experience, and your descriptions of these illnesses are perfect. I have one question/complaint though.. you speak of personality disorder(s) as a single entity but give the definition, it seems, for antisocial personality disorder. agreed, the case you describe (and many criminals) would fit this definition, though there are many nuances to the other PDs that this does not encompass (eg borderline, histrionic, dependent, schizotypal etc etc).

Re: personality disorders

I think you're right. I'll be looking at this chapter again when I've got time. I'll add a few details to clarify, but it probably needs a whole other chapter on other PDs. And that will have to wait until my follow up volume.

Re: personality disorders

sounds good. i think a whole chapter on personality disorders would be fantastic. keep up the good work; i look forward to seeing the finished product when it comes out.


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