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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.

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I work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (both inpatient and outpatient), so a resource such as your book would be fantastic for us. I am going to put this on the book list for next year - I assume it will be on Amazon?

What other illness/unwellness are you planning?

Excellent informative comic...

You've a real gift.

*shakes pom poms*

spot on, man. well done, thankyou.

this is really awesome.

Good on you. Schizophrenia (and mental health issues in general) is such a taboo subject and it's awesome to see more light shed on this. I'm biased when I say this; I've done my own webcomic on schizophrenia and it'll
hopefully see print as a graphic novel in the next few months
(UPDATE to say that it was printed in October 2009). But the more the merrier - I believe very strongly that this is an undeveloped subject matter in comics and the more creators working on it the better.


Edited at 2010-06-24 03:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you for writing this. It's perfect for communicating to people that mental illness isn't something to be hidden away, ashamed of, shunned or ignored. We need to address the fact that mental illness is still very much a taboo subject, I'll definitely be buying the book.

Thanks for posting this and approaching the matter in a thought provoking way. I have battled depression since my late teens and have only recently been prescribed anti depressant meds for it. The stigmas attached to mental illness are overwhelming and I'm sad to say that I tried to blend into the background and deal with it on my own terms until I had to see a doctor and discuss it.

Thanks for that. It opened my mind and broke some myths about this disorder.

i really appreciated viewing this. i am excited to read the whole book. bravo!

Still doing great work

Hi Darryl

Our paths crossed a few times in the early-mid-90s, when I was reviewing a lot of small press comics for Zum. I drifted away from the comics scene slightly, but still revisit the material every now and then; I was looking at your 'Blood Relatives' story a couple of days ago!

I hope you're well; it's great to see that you're still doing comics - especially important stuff like these mental health chapters.

Are you still in touch with people like Rich Holden, Mooncat etc?

Take care
Tom Murphy

Re: Still doing great work

Hey Tom

Yes I remember you from the pre-internet Zum days. Very nice to hear from you. Glad you're still reviewing and writing.

I'm still in touch with many of the old crowd, including Mooncat, (Rich not so much though as he drifted out of the scene).


Please keep me posted on the release of your book. I hope you will include the huge and healing effect that an accepting, welcoming, and loving community/family has on recovery and return to a good life. Also I hope you will include the contribution people who have gone into the abyss make to our society. The insights, compassion for each other and strangers, the kindnesses, the seeing through levels of ego and other's fear is astounding if we take time to look. Often there is just no way to speak the language of people with a brain that is ordered differently than most of the population, so we miss what they have to tell us. It is a world that I have been privileged to be invited into this world by my family member's friends and him. He was misdiagnosed but became part of this loving community of people with so-called mental illness. Yes they hear and see things most people do not. What they have to offer,when treated with respect, caring and admiration, is far superior to many so called "successful" and "normal" people. Were we to treat them as possibly fragile, and possibly spiritual, sensitive, honored, we would learn much in how to care for each other. Perhaps most people's fear is the fear of seeing the truth of their own ego, lack of compassion, and fear, in the eyes of someone they judge for their appearance. There is much to learn about mental "illness" and it is not all medical, brain and body related.

I have mental illness (MI).
(Note: we don't say "I suffer from cancer" or "I am stricken by diabetes". I am not suffering thanks to medication, and I am not stricken.)

My MI is treatable. It's unipolar depression. Bipolar and schizophrenia are much more resistant to treatment, alas. That makes me very sad. MI patients understand how terrible and destructive MI can be.

Some say that MIs are not crazy, just different, but MI can damage you. It damages your health, shortens your lifespan, destroys the vital connections to your friends and family, and limits your ability to enjoy and experience the wonders of the world around us.

Given all this, I'd like to see this comic book succeed beyond all expectation. What can I do to help, including monetary support?

I'm going to link to your blog on mine. More people need to know about this book. As much as I can, I'll help spread the word.