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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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Sent this way by Nursing Times who are trying to contact you! Friending you because this looks interesting. Hope you don't mind!

Feel free to friend me. Thank you.

Nursing Times are trying to contact me? That's good. Could you send them my email: darryltoon@googlemail.com

Here's my main blogspot: http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com/

Darryl Cunningham

Oh wow, a friend just linked me to this.
I have a mental health comic as well, but only the storyboarding done. Everytime I hook up with an artist, they flake.
Mine is based on the past 9 years I have worked in acute care inpatient settings; what Ive seen, what has touched me, horrified me, made me laugh, etc.

best of luck!

Awesome, very concise and accurate. I suffer from schizophrenia and am also a mental health worker in crisis stabilization (hoping to be a researcher). In my case I've just found it's usually too hard to tell people about my illness because of the stigma, (currently I can pass for "normal") If I had copies of this to pass around I think coming out of the closet would be much easier. I plan to buy copies to leave around our facility for the benefit of clients when it hits the shelves. Thank you for your very caring work.

Just wanted to leave a comment regarding how much I loved this comic, it's wonderful! My youngest nephew was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as understanding as I want to try and be, I know very little of this illness (except for what I've seen in movies). Thank you for bringing up the topic, and I love the different format in which you've done it.

As someone whose mother also suffers from schizophrenia I can empathize with many of you that have family members that suffer from this illness. It is absolutely true that there are more victims to schizophrenia then just those that are suffering from the illness. I think while we should be recognized as victims to the illness, the main idea of this article is to create an awareness for those that are suffering from the illness and I think it does a wonderful job. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you.

Brilliant as ever Sir. Just noticed Glinner on Twitter has linked to this post a good excuse to read again.
Hope the book is coming along well and I look forward to buying it.
Well done

This is really good for raising people's awareness. Now if you could just get it distributed to the people who have the most misconceptions about mental illness. Your comic should be given away in doctors' offices!

Here's a web page supporting your point of view about the non-association of crime with mental illness: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/05/22/no-significant-relationship-between-violence-crime-and-mental-illness/

As mentioned there, it is true that people who are incarcerated do have a higher rate of mental illness than randomly chosen people from the entire population. Nevertheless, at least according to that report, when the question is looked at from the point of view of a randomly chosen person's likelihood of committing a crime, mental illness is found not to be a statistically significant predictor of criminal behavior.

Really enjoy this post - Thanks!

Are you going to include a section about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in your book? If so, I'd love to see it.

Keep it up!

here via deathboy.

My late partner was schizophrenic. He was also kind, brilliant, generous and hilarious. So many ppl told me to stay the hell away from him bc he was OMG MENTALLY ILL AND ON PSYCH MEDS AND ON & OFF THE PSYCH WARD. I am so so glad I didn't listen to them. No, it was no picnic. It was hard and scary as hell. But it was also so wonderful to have him by my side.

thank you for writing this.

I arrived here via Boing Boing.

I'm bipolar, so thankfully I di face less stigma than other mental illnesses, but I see a lot of me and my experiences in these pages. Thank you for sharing this, and I look forward to buying the finished publication. (Do you have a mailing list for updates?)

Just beautiful. I suffer from PTSD and DID, and find the stigma associated with the latter to be an interesting thing to negotiate in life (which is about the kindest thing I can say about it).

This visual aid for schizophrenia is both eloquent, sensitive, astute and clear. It's wonderful.

Thank you.

I worked this out for myself whilst trying to understand what was going on for my partner when she was acting a little strangely - it helped me a lot.

People with schizophrenia typically act completely rationally - considering the distorted/filtered inputs. I realised that if the guy on the radio was calling me a whore, and tinfoil would stop it, then I too would wrap the radio in tinfoil - it's a rational response to a distorted input. Thinking of schizophrenia as a set of distorting sensory filters leading to typically rational responses helped me lose the fear of it, and once you lose the fear, it's easier to meet schizophrenic people for the people they are

Superb and I am not even mentally ill although everyone thinks I am. This is an excellent educational tool, best I have seen, will buy the book and send some to my friends too and their friends as well - this deserves to be a huge success

These are amazing. Thanks for making your excellent work available.

As someone who was unfortunate enough to live in Haworth and work in my parents' newsagents, I have to say that the choice of newspaper you used to show crazy rubbish did make me smile :)

Are you planning on doing a chapter on anxiety? I really like the way you explain things in such a coherent manner so it'd be handy to be able to shove a book under someone's nose and say "Told you I wasn't 'just' shy!" On that note, could you do your next books on M.E., migraines and cluster headaches? *offers bribery cookies*