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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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This is absolutely beautiful.

That is absolutely fantastic. There it too much ignorance in society when it comes to mental illness and I think this would be great for younger people at school in particular to read. That way they grow up with more understanding and acceptance of people with mental illness. Congratulations and I hope we see this (at least) in all schools.

Hi there, I was wondering if there would be pre-ordering information available for the book once it's closer to publication. I most definitely want to get a copy.

Try the publisher blog for info: http://www.blankslatebooks.co.uk/blog/

But I'll be keeping people informed anyway.


The world SHOULD know more about these things. I'm glad you posted about it.

Should be in all school libraries

What a brilliant book! I don't know anyone with schizophrenia (as far as I know) but now I understand a little of what they are going through. I wish mental illness was better understood. In the past I've suffered from cancer and from depression and, given the choice, I'd rather have cancer. I'm in my late 50s now and it's only in the past five years or so that I've been able to mention to people that I need to take anti-depressants.

Good luck with the book - I hope it changes people's attitudes!

I thought that your comic was not only well written and illustrated, but it held some subtle humor which makes a difficut subject easier to address.

I am not quite sure tho that those of us with serious mental illness ever get back to normal. How many normal people take meds that screw with your mind and body so much. How many normal people have reg psychiatrist appts or have neg symtoms despite treatment. How many normal people fear that the other shoe might drop anytime?

I am schizophrenic and getting treatment for 9 years and been to hospitals too many times. And I have always thought that the stigma towards homosexuals and mentally ills can't be broken. I believed that this is impossible till the end of world. But this is a great and high quality attempt. I am also thinking that I wish I had been on cancer instead of schizophrenia. I feel that my position is more painful. But I also noticed that schizophrenia as itself is not much pain, the real pain is the social and related psychological loss after illness and it becomes more and more day by day.
Thanks for the great work, it made a small breeze on darkness. I hope you will finish it.

Thank you. I'm continuing to work on the book, which will be out from Blank Slate early next year. It means a lot to me that those with first hand experience of the illness feel that I've got things largely right. Take care.

Hi, here via a link on the disability community

This is really great. I love the potential of comics to communicate difficult, personal issues in a way that is universal, and your artwork and script complement each other very well.

This is fascinating. I'd known a lot of the "hype" about schizophrenia was incorrect, but it's nice to see it laid out in this format.

Thank you for that.

has explored excellent Scandinavian (Finnish) disease records to find out the origin of sz. There he has seen (tested) that all mental diseases have the same origin, the patient has been left alone for too long a period in his/her early childhood the earlier the worse the disease (PTSD). Also the absense of mother's nearness and love in early childhood because of her depression or some other reason is fatal (multipersonal disorder for instance). Look at http://www.drmckenzie.com.

I can't remember how I was linked here, but this is beautiful and thought-provoking. I am glad it's getting published.

Thank you for this cartoon. I have schizophrenia.


Expert by experience

Hi Tallguy, this is a great beginning but there are some issues as well. Especially when I read this as someone who has experienced some 'altered realities' (some may call it psychosis)but who has also worked in mental health (mental health service inpatient, out-patient, community and now- workforce development)for 10 years. Whats great about this is the stuff on violence, media, the pictures (what a talent you have!)and some of the info.
Whats not so good is it's very medical model only. Its mainly about deficit and negative symptomology. Where is the recovery and strengths based stuff? Schizophrenia is only a way of describing a set of symptoms (hardly anyone has them all), its also a continuum that you can move up and down on. Its not static.
We dont like being called 'sufferers', the suffering part is only one part of our lives and for some not any. We can be some of the things you say here but not all of them or all the time and not all of us. It is not inevitable that without meds we will become catatonic or insane. Those two things are very very rare.
LOADS of people are untreated because their symptoms are not distressing (you would be surprised how many voice hearers you actually already know). For some people medication doesnt help or makes things worse. The side effects are horrible, its a constant compromise.
Mostly we have average lives with some sticky bits (doesnt everyone?), we are so much more than an illness. We add value to our friends, workplaces, families and communities.
The thing that makes the largest impact on our recovery is not medication or therapy but actually connection to other people. In other words hope and 'love'. If we are loved or cared about by someone/people and feel valued we make much better recoveries. 'Othering' us only makes that harder. We are you, you are us.
Hope this doesnt feel like a telling off. I do appreciate what you are trying to do here and there is some very good stuff but you may want to get a service user leader or group to look at it and fix some of the language and concepts perhaps.
Best wishes for this great project