On Used Book Sales, Hockey Playoffs, and Other Excuses

This past week or so has been a busy week in some regards and a not so busy week in other regards. Here are some of the excuses I have for why I didn’t write much this past week:

There were a couple of used book sales in the local area at the tail end of last week. Somehow, my wife and I managed to make it through both only spending about $30. It helps that we both have book lists of specific books were chasing at these book sales.

Also, the NHL playoffs are ongoing and the Boston Bruins and the St Louis Blues, two teams I follow, are both still in the playoffs. I’ve had way too many late night sessions watching or listening to games go overtime. As a result, there’s been some further twisting to an already twisted sleep schedule.

And last, and certainly not least, this past week has been an off week for me productively due to anxiety and depression days. Since my own experiences with anxiety, depression, and ocd are a focus for this blog, I decided to not make excuses, apologize, or hide the fact that sometimes bad days will interfere with writing and art projects I am working on because:

  1. It’s not fair to anyone who follows this blog for the mental illness stuff.
  2. It shows that good and bad days are just part of the deal, even when you’re properly medicated. and
  3. It’s not being honest with myself and one of the reasons I write this blog is that there’s too much bad information about mental illness floating around.

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On Broken Brains

On my personal Facebook account, I follow the page of the Skeptical Meme Society. One of their latest posts stated, ” It’s time to stop shaming people for taking medicines they need to treat their illness” and linked to the article, Mental Illness Denial, by Yale University School of Medicine neurologist, Steven Novella, for the site Science-Based Medicine.

As someone who deals with depression, anxiety, and OCD, yes, I “won” the lottery of mental illnesses, this one caught my eye because if there’s one constant with mental illness it’s this: there is no shortage of people who advise that medical treatment should be avoided.

The primary purpose of Dr. Novella’s article is a response to another article written by a journalist who engages in what Novella identifies as “mental illness denial”. He does clarify that “there are legitimate criticisms of psychiatric science and practice”. However, he concludes, “To deny the role of medication can do great harm to those who may need it.”

If you’ve been looking for a source discussing mental illness medical treatment with a science-based focus, Dr Novella has you covered.

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Marconi Union – Weightless

I forget when I found this article Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent.  I’m not sure of the published date on the article and I don’t remember when I saved the link.

Does it really work?  I don’t know for sure.  But it is calming and that’s always a plus.

There’s also a 10 hour version linked here if you’re interested.