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A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health - Mad In America
A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health - Mad In America
Capitalism inflicts a double injury on depressed people: first, it causes, or contributes to, the state of depression, and second, it erases any form of causality and individualizes the illness, implying that the depression in question is a personal problem (or property).
·madinamerica.com·
A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health - Mad In America
Perception and the Real
Perception and the Real
If our evolutionary heritage in its development of consciousness limited its capacities to survival and propagation of the species, then much of the so-called ‘super-natural’ world of the noumenal is neither super nor beyond us. We are immersed in a cosmos that our brain and body for the most part filter out, exclude from access what we did not need as a species to survive in jungles, deserts, mountains, etc.
·socialecologies.wordpress.com·
Perception and the Real
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil
The history of humans being confounded by colour.
It’s now estimated that perception may be up to 90 percent based on memory; barely 10 percent of what we think we’re seeing is the result of stimuli outside the body in the present moment. In order to process huge amounts of visual information, the brain relies on memories of prior experience. Color is not only a wonder of the natural world but something inside us, as Wittgenstein hinted. Following Goethe, whose 1810 Theory of Colours inspired Wittgenstein’s investigation, “If the eye were not sunny, how could we perceive light?” Our memories of experiences, like photographs, may seem to represent the past, but they also shape how we see the present and the future.
·laphamsquarterly.org·
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil
Ellen Deckwitz — Nee en ja
Ellen Deckwitz — Nee en ja
Onlangs had ik het met vrienden over depressie en kwam de vraag op hoe je nou aan iemand die er geen enkele ervaring mee heeft, uitlegt hoe het voelt. Sommige mensen denken dat depressie gewoon de overtreffende trap van verdriet of somberte is, maar bij mij heeft het zich altijd gemanifesteerd als het onvermogen om naar het bestaan uit te kunnen zien. Op mijn 29ste had ik zo’n zware episode dat…
·everythingness.github.io·
Ellen Deckwitz — Nee en ja
The story of my madness | Emmanuel Carrère
The story of my madness | Emmanuel Carrère
Late in life a major depressive episode got Emmanuel Carrère hospitalised and diagnosed as bipolar. In some ways it made sense of his problems, but in the midst of it, everything was broken
You’re bipolar type 2: agitated without necessarily being euphoric, but sometimes also seductive, flirtatious, very sexual, outwardly very much alive, but inclined to make the type of decisions you regret the most, while being dead sure that they’re right and that you’ll never go back on them. Then after that you’re dead sure of the very opposite, you realise that you’ve done the worst thing possible, you try to fix it and do something even worse. You think one thing and then its opposite, you do one thing and then its opposite, in frightening succession. But the worst is that if you’re like me and are used to analysing yourself, once the diagnosis has been reached and the mood swings identified, you gain hindsight – only this hindsight is of little use. Or if it is, it’s just to see that no matter what you think, say or do, you can’t trust yourself because there are two of you in the same person, and those two are enemies.
in the definition of bipolar disorder, the pole opposite the dive into depression isn’t necessarily a state of spectacular euphoria and disinhibition that leads to social suicide and often to suicide itself, but just as frequently what psychiatrists call hypomania, which means in plain language that you act like a fool, but not to the same extent.
·theguardian.com·
The story of my madness | Emmanuel Carrère
Een samenleving zonder angst is een samenleving vol psychopaten
Een samenleving zonder angst is een samenleving vol psychopaten
Angstexpert Bram Vervliet: “We geven onze proefpersonen, allemaal vrijwilligers, bijvoorbeeld een onaangename elektrische prikkel nadat ze op een computerscherm een driehoekje hebben gezien. Gaandeweg leren ze dat ze zich bij het zien van dat driehoekje schrap mogen zetten.
Angst bestaat uit drie fasen. Denk aan een antilope en een roofdier dat het op haar gemunt heeft. Op open plekken is de antilope behoedzaam, ook al is er niet meteen een roofdier te zien. Ze zet haar aandacht heel breed en speurt de omgeving af. Er bekruipt haar een onbehagelijk gevoel. Dat noemen we angst. Als het roofdier plots opduikt, dan gaat dat over in vrees. Dan is de antilope daar volledig op gefocust. Ze kan aan niets anders meer denken dan aan het acute gevaar. Valt het roofdier aan, dan komen we bij paniek. Dan is het alle hens aan dek. Een antilope zal met haar bekende bokkensprongen wegduiken in de hoop het roofdier te slim af te zijn.
·everythingness.github.io·
Een samenleving zonder angst is een samenleving vol psychopaten
SoulCycle Founders Start Peoplehood, With Workouts for the Self - NYT
SoulCycle Founders Start Peoplehood, With Workouts for the Self - NYT
SoulCycle became a phenomenon because it made its customers feel as if they were sculpting not just their bodies but their selves. The chain’s devotees wear SoulCycle gear as they pedal in unison on stationary bikes in candlelit rooms under the tutelage of guru-like instructors who shout out messages of empowerment.
·archive.ph·
SoulCycle Founders Start Peoplehood, With Workouts for the Self - NYT
Do Antidepressants Really Work?
Do Antidepressants Really Work?
While the drugs are widely used, a new study sheds light on how little is known about their long-term benefits.
73 percent of Americans prescribed antidepressants don’t even have a diagnosis of depression
wow
pills are often easier and cheaper: It can be hard for people to access therapy because there aren’t enough providers, and mental health treatments often aren’t fully covered by insurance.
one out of eight Americans over 18
·everythingness.github.io·
Do Antidepressants Really Work?