Introducing: Stuck in Scared Blog

Thanks to TheDepressedMoose I recently discovered a – new to me – blog called Stuck in Scared.

Here’s what the author (Kimmie) says of herself:

My scribbles include my experience of mental illness and gambling addiction. My fear and isolation as a child! My relationship with GOD, with my children and with my mother. Good and bad days past and present and occasionally a little of my nonsense! Where ever my muddled mind takes me! It’s all relevant. Its all me!

And on Twitter (@stuckinscared)

Im wife, mum, christian & wannabewriter. I have complex #mentalhealth issues including #OCD I love christmas & ‘bettyboop’. I’m a bit random! so bear with me.

Discovering Christians writing about their own mental illness struggles is a rare and precious find, and so I wanted to introduce Stuck in Scared to you. From what I’ve read so far it’s a very open, honest, well written and sometimes harrowing read, normally concluding with a positive thought and a prayer.

In view of the subject matter the author has suggested that I offer a Trigger Warning.

Obviously I’m now following the blog and suggest you do also and perhaps pop over and say hello.

On a related theme, the Neuroskeptic has an interesting post looking at the humorous approach to mental illness on the satirical news platform The Onion:

Less well known, but likewise brilliant, is its coverage of mental health. The Onion‘s approach is to satirize the beliefs and perceptions that characterize psychiatric illness. The result is hilarious, but also insightful and, in a weird way, empathetic

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Some people might see this as making fun of the mentally ill, but I don’t: it’s making fun of the illness.

Suffering from a psychiatric disorder is a tragedy, but the disorder itself, and the distorted cognitions associated with it are, well, ridiculous. It’s ridiculous to see yourself as fat when you’re dangerously underweight. It’s laughable to think you’re worthless when you’re successful and respected.

Coming to realize the absurdity of such beliefs is an important part of recovery, and an explicit goal of cognitive behavioural therapy although therapists don’t tend to emphasize the funny side, it is certainly there.

Here’s an example of The Onion on Paranoid Schizophrenics:

Panelists discuss ways to care for the nation’s paranoid schizophrenics, such as hiding cameras in their homes or audio transmitters in their ears. e.g. “We need to hide cameras everywhere they go, in the street, in their homes, in the eyes of people at the stores where they shop.”

As you can imagine, this approach has polarised opinion in the comments section of Neuroskeptic, which are well worth reading.

Obviously it’s not right to laugh at another’s misery and misfortune, but I will attest to the fact I have experienced a great deal of laughter with other sufferers at the [sometimes] ludicrousness of our own conditions.

And there’s no better tonic…..

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