Straitjacket Writers

Inside the Troubled Minds of Authors

Month: August 2014 (page 2 of 2)

Introduction, and More on “Why”

I wanted to write a quick post about how and why exists.

I love reading and writing, and I’ve had a deep interest in psychology since I was a teenager. When I was fifteen years old, my sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Not long afterwards, my mother was also diagnosed with chronic depression. At one point in my twenties, I began shutting down mentally and finally reached out to a medical doctor, who put me on anti-depressants for a short period. Later I would come to realize that it was a combination of several internal and external factors that led to that, but that’s a story for another time.

Throughout my life, I’ve surrounded myself with people who are good people and good writers. It never ceases to amaze me when these people, who I tend to view as successful and well-adjusted, suddenly open up and talk about some of their struggles with mental health-related issues. Its definitely a mixed feeling: on the one hand, I’m sad for what they’re going through, but on the other hand, I’m relieved to know that I’m not alone. My friends go through these things, too.

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Nucking Futs

Robin Williams died yesterday and most of the world who knows anything about popular culture began mourning.

I did not.

It was a strange feeling, not being sad because of the tragic death of a talented person. I was disturbed by my lack of horror at the news, but still couldn’t make myself feel anything.

It’s not that I don’t love his movies, or think he’s brilliant, or wish he’d not reached that level of sadness and depression. In fact, I immediately thought of his movie, “What Dreams May Come” where he travels through heaven and hell to save his wife who’s committed suicide.

I couldn’t stop thinking about that movie, the irony, and I couldn’t sleep last night.

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