HBO short on Depression

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Sigourney Weaver== The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld exhibition opening at the New-York Historical Society== New York Historical Society, NYC== May 20, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo – Sean Zanni/ ==


Page Six has a short blurb on HBO’s upcoming short on depression.


Happy 4th of July to Our Brothers in Arms!

Fireworks behind statue of liberty

Fireworks behind statue of liberty

Since it is the 4th of July, I feel this is a good time to talk about Veterans.

I love this country but the truth is, our military is not good at taking care of the men and women who fight for us.  It’s shameful that they can’t get absolutely everything that they need to adjust to being back home.  An estimated 11-20% of returning veterans will suffer from PTSD. Many Veterans become homeless and suffer from substance abuse.  But there are organizations trying to help.

Here are some disturbing facts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some point every single year.

33% of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans, and while veterans make up 11% of the U.S. population they account for 26% of the homeless population.

Veterans are twice as likely to become chronically homeless.  Twice as likely.

The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness cites several reasons why, including Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities, substance abuse, and lack of services.  We can’t control what happens while they are gone but there isn’t any reason that any veteran should lack for support and services.

There’s a lot of soldiers out there that need help during their tours and after, I would encourage you to check out The National Alliance to End Homelessness and The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for more information, also this site great nonprofits, has a list of Veteran specific non-profits.

Go out and have a happy 4th, just don’t forget, there are people out there who need us.  We asked everything from them, now it’s our turn.


Same Sex Marriage and Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder

Episcopalian church votes to approve same-sex marriage – CBS News.

I’m not Episcopalian and I’m not gay so I can’t really say much about this specifically, but Episcopalians sure did, the voted 129-26 with only 5 abstaining votes.  That’s a pretty clear majority.  Good for them, this is a church that appears to care more about people than legalism.  We have come a long way as a society, it wasn’t that long ago that being homosexual was considered a mental disease.

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The Rev. Cynthia Black, left, and the Rev. Bonnie Perry, right, hug after Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City. AP / RICK BOWMER *Brad – They look pretty damn happy about it to me

The American Psychiatric Association was the first to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973 followed by many organizations, but, and this astounds me, the World Health Organization did not follow until 1990.  1990, that’s the same year that The Simpsons first aired on TV, the first Mcdonald’s opened in Moscow, Russia, Voyager 1 took a picture of the entire solar system, and the best movie of all time came out, Goodfellas.

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Funny ha, ha? Like a clown?

My point is this, 1990 was not that long ago, there is still a long ways to go in the Psychiatric field, it’s pretty hard to believe that in modern times there was extremely large and respected organization that still had homosexuality listed as a mental disorder.  The brain is a pretty complicated thing, it’s hard to keep all those Goodfellas lines memorized while still being able talk, walk, drive a motor vehicle, and more importantly text your friends using the latest bastardized english (For example my seven year old says “whatevs”, I despair), my point being it takes a lot of processing to do all of that.  We really don’t know what the future holds for mental health, but it’s going to get a lot better.

Gay marriage has nothing directly to do with mental health it’s a social decision and a legal decision that we made.  We founded this country on the idea that everyone would be equal and have an opportunity to find happiness, the founding fathers had no idea what that would mean for the future, they put the laws and a foundation in place so that our legal system would grow with us.  That’s what we’ve done.

So here’s the whole point of this article, as little as 25 years ago the World Health Organization still had homosexuality listed as a mental disorder, today you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would think there was any validity to that.  So.  What else do they have wrong?


One to Six – The Documentary

Several years ago I set out to make a documentary about the people left behind when someone commits suicide and the stigma that surrounds suicide.  My brother committed suicide in 2004 and as part of my need to understand it I pursued it.  I read about it, I wrote about it, I filmed and interviewed people.  I became very active in the “community” this is how I met Nora actually.  I interviewed and filmed a lot of people in a tremendous amount of pain.  Ultimately I shelved the project.

Out of all the interviews two in particular stand out.  The first was an interview I filmed with Derek Humphries in 2005, he is the author of Final Exit and very instrumental in the assisted suicide law that is in place in Oregon.  In the interview he talks about the day he helped his wife die, even after all these years he was overcome with emotion.  Whatever side you come out on this issue I feel it is so important to understand where it comes from and why.

The second interview was with the Pastor of La Sierra Adventist College Church, Dan Smith.  I set up this interview because religion plays such an important role in the stigma surrounding suicide, and in the 400 plus page document that governs the church there is no mention of what the church believes about suicide, it does cover assisted suicide so this is not an oversight, it is a deliberate void.  The interview was not what I expected at all, and I will be eternally thankful to Dan Smith for opening up as much as he did.

I recently pulled the audio of these two interviews out and listened to them. Even after 10 years I feel like they have something to offer listeners.  So I have decided to ask Derek Humphries and Dan Smith if I can post parts of the audio on this site for people to listen too, and then I will edit and post parts of the audio for people to listen too.  It may also take me a bit to get the audio off of the minidisc to a format I can work with, so bear with me.

I’m looking forward to being able to share this with you.


International Summit on Suicide Research

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Find more information here:   Summit Website

It’s a long hill. . .


The biggest mistake most of us make is to think that we have a curable disease.  We don’t.  For whatever reason, chemical imbalance, childhood trauma, bad 70’s TV, we are afflicted with a variety of ailments that make life different, sometimes very exciting for brief periods of time, followed by long periods of depression, but whatever it is we control it with therapy and medication.  For most of us the therapy is painful or flat out annoying, I always suspect my friends who talk about great therapy sessions, what are they talking about in there?  The meds are a different story, there is no perfect medication.  Sometimes they work great but you feel flattened out, you lose your edge and for most of us it’s the edge that gives us what we feel is our uniqueness.  But what the meds do the best is make you feel normal and once you feel normal you think that you don’t need the meds and you stop taking them.  Then you start the cycle all over and you don’t realize how bad it is until you are on the meds again. For a lot of us that’s a pretty depressing reality, but I feel like we should own it, after all at least we have the option to medicate and be, if not ecstatically happy, level and in control.

The older I get the more I like this option, this will allow me to enjoy things like this goat beauty contest in Lithuania.  That’s a real thing.  That’s the point really.  Yes it never ends and a lot of us may be on medication possibly for the rest of our life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the life that we do have.  We have to make a conscious decision to enjoy the level of life we have when we are on medication instead of worrying about losing our edge.


I’m smitten

Let’s spend more time exploring the world around us, If you don’t happen to have a goat beauty contest locally I’m sure there is something else to do, maybe not as fun, but you get my meaning.  Accept the fact that you are ill.  If you had an incurable non-life threatening disease you’d have the support you needed, I think we overlook it when we talk about mental illness.  We spend a lot of time talking about treatment and therapy, but what about the day to day.

When we first started onetosix it was to educate people, but I think over time it’s evolved and our focus has changed.  This community should be about maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the face of mental illness, for both the ill and their friends and family.  Let’s focus on our future.  I haven’t been very active on this site, even though the original idea was mine, but I have a great friend in Nora who has kept it alive for years, she reminded me last night I have a responsibility here.  So lets make onetosix more of a community for people to share and grow together.  We can be a positive force and a voice for mental health.  It’s a long hill, but it’s worth the climb.

Just my two cents.


Depression + Moomin

The Moomin Paradox

For a long while now I’ve felt like I wanted or needed someone to talk to about this, or even just somewhere and when realised that I wasn’t actually completely comfortable talking to many of my friends about it I decided to use my blog as a way to help myself.
I’ve hidden my depression from everyone for so long and it’s only recently I’ve been more open about it because it started to effect important every day things and because I felt the need to make people more aware of mental health.
I’m unaware out of the people in my life who knows and who doesn’t.
I’m not ashamed of it any more. I never should have been ashamed of it. No one should ever feel ashamed to have any type of illness. Depression is an illness. It’s a chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s not a mood, or…

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