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An eleven page chapter from my upcoming book Psychiatric Tales, which will be out from Blank Slate in early 2010. Feel free to point out any errors or make any other comments.

1 schizophrenia

2 schizophrenia

3 schizophrenia 3

4 schizophenia

5 schizophrenia

6 schizophrenia

7 schizophrenia

8 schizophrenia

9 schizophrenia

schizophrenia 10

11 schizophrenia

I'm glad there's a date for when the entire work is coming out - I can't wait to purchase this. :-)

Are there ways - volunteering, donating - that you'd recommend to promote more understanding and to actively help the mentally ill? (Not that we all don't have our issues, but some forms of mental illness seem more intrusive and intense than others.)

Talking to them and trying to see the person inside. That's it.

Definitely can't wait to see this book as a whole. I'm wondering: will there be any sort of introduction or framing story to sort of give it coherence? I mean something that explains or sums up your years of working in this milieu?

Yes there will. I'm going to end on a chapter about my own struggle with mental health problems and how this affected my nursing career.

In America we've solved all the mental health problems your comic series points out by eliminating all of the mental hospitals. Now the mentally ill are called lazy, or criminals, problem solved. Of course it requires prisons to have mental health wards, but we goodly Americans demand that prison not be an easy ride, even for the mentally ill, so there are still restraints, beatings, cavity searches, 24/7 isolation etc.

Excellent stuff again, mate, sensitively framed and a good antidote to the knee-jerk panic reactions the tabloid media is so fond of. God forbid they should think on anyone, ill or not, as a person and not just a quick story to boost falling circulation. Looking forward to seeing the whole book.

Thanks for putting this up

I do think this is very good.

YESSSSSSS!!!! A book! I'll have to avoid reading these here even though they've been awesome, cause you've got one buyer right here for this book, my friend! Great stuff!!!

This is sooo excellent! I thihk you'/re doing important work, here.

Thank you for this.

While everyone understands why homophobia or racism makes me mad, they often don't fathom why I take it so hard when they joke around about various mental disorders and/or analyze situations based on popular culture. Schizophrenia is a big one when it comes to this thanks to Hollywood

this is fantastic. i worked in sohee park's schizophrenia/affective disorder lab for a year. she uses the tools of clinical neuroscience to understand 1) how the perceptual/cognitive difficulties found in schizophrenia affect people and 2) how the shizotypal personality (perhaps, people at-risk for the illness) functions in terms of creativity. the only thing i wish i had seen more of in this comic is a mention of famous people who likely/had schizophrenia. it would offset the debilitating degree of the illness.

also, medication definitely helps these individuals, but, as with any major mental illness, a large proportion will go off medication due to side-effects. but you're so right--functionality improves drastically WHILE medicated.


I might recommend clarifying the line "Most crimes are committed by the sane." In terms of violent crime, I'd tend to see any capacity for criminal violence as signs of some kind of underlying psychiatric disorder, even if the person in question seemed otherwise functional and "normal." I think I understand what you meant -- sane as opposed to suffering a schizophrenic disorder speciically -- but it was a little bit jarring.

Nonetheless: fantastic, compassionate, and absolutely vital work as always. I have several dear friends here on Livejournal who have schizophrenia, and I admit, it took me some time to realize emotionally what I already knew intellectually, that the stigma against these eminently worthwhile folks was cruel and unfounded. I feel you're even doing me something of a personal favor by writing these things, because you might in some way be making my friends' lives a little easier. Thank you so much.

Wonderful. I cannot wait until these are collected so I can show them to others.

Great as always. My uncle is schizophrenic and it's nice to see the subject being treated gently and humanely.

I am definitely picking this up when it comes out.