New Prescription: Make a list of things that make you feel good.

Generic: What are you grateful for?

Common Side Effects: A sense of warmth thinking about the positive even if you are in a negative place.

Stop “Make a list of things that make you feel good!” and call your DOCTOR at once if you have serious side effects such as: Your list grows so long it fills the house and you can’t move.

Hello again my dears,
Here are some UPDATES and reminders:

We are STARTING a “pets tab” that will appear on the top of this site. It will be published pictures and stories of your pets you send in!
We are still running our “Looking through the Illness” project which is a collection of SUBMITTED portraits on a special tab on the site. Criteria is on that same page: http://schizoaffectiveretina.com/submissions-looking-through-the-illness/
We are always looking for suggestions for new projects that we would CREDIT you for.
All submissions will only be posted on the website or the Facebook page. When you send us your work we do not CLAIM ownership of it and would ask permission or even have you sign a release if we wanted to use your work in an additional forum or media.
In the future we plan to publish a book of the work submitted by artists here (with signed releases) and all the proceeds would go to choice groups that promote mental illness (such as NAMI, Interview, and Bring Change 2 Mind).
Inpatient Asylum Press
Madness on Film:

“The Voices”(film) – Directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)
I am reviewing more as a mental health advocate and one who suffers from mental illness.

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Ryan Reynolds as Jerry
General Plot:

A generally benevolent seeming man hears voices that come from his two pets. One a simple but good hearted dog that tells our character he’s a “good boy” and the malicious (and Scottish?) cat that tells our character to give in to his primal urge to kill. At first the reaction I felt was the yet again problem of LINKING the mentally ill (especially us voice hearers) as violent. Upon further analysis reading the story as a blueprint our main character mostly remains the protagonist battling his efforts to be good. Never a flash of sickness enters his face although that part of him is portrayed in his world by Mr. Whiskers so it does exist in some form. Generally this is my type of film, quirky dark humor. Do I think it causes damage and stigma to the mental health community? No. There is not a point where we are supposed to dislike our character, who just wants to CONNECT.

Saying a film like this causes stigma points us out as different and not general MEMBERS of society that could be the subject of any obscure or extreme story (not the norm or average way such a character should be depicted). Everyone hears negative and positive voices it just happens that some of us have far little control of the form the voices approach us. What do you think?

Remember some of the criteria for TV, BOOKS, and Film regarding mentally ill characters?:

Does the character have CONVERSATIONS with others where the topic is not about their mental illness?
Is the character portrayed as an antagonist or protagonist?
How are we introduced to this character?
Does the character have problems that are not due to their mental illness?
Is the character singularly defined by their mental illness?
If the character is removed does it have a dramatic negative affect on the plot?
If you can think of more let us know! Who are some positively represented characters, who are some negatively represented characters? Send in your suggestions to schizoaffectiveretina@gmail.com

Contemporary News:

How Colleges Flunk Mental HEALTH

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“According to the American College Health Association’s most recent annual national survey, 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time over the past year. Nearly three fourths of respondents in a 2011 National Alliance on Mental Illness study of college students diagnosed with mental health conditions said they experienced a mental health crisis while in school. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal disability laws prohibit discrimination against students whose psychiatric disabilities “substantially limit a major life activity” and mandates that COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES provide them with “reasonable accommodations” – such as lower course loads and extended deadlines – provided they can meet nondiscriminatory academic and behavior standards and provided their disability does not pose a significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be mitigated by those reasonable accommodations.”

You can read more of the article here

Andrew Solomon Ted Talk Depression the Secret We All Share

In Our Own Voices

March 30th 2009

A section from Schizophrenia in Saskatchewan by Gregoire Patterson

-You’re a changed man FOR LIFE. I will be eternally grateful for that.

-Given you’re position it’s your duty to watch the news.

-You’re voices really mimic schizophrenia.

-They can see what you see.

-They can control your body. Example: made you turn to look at a girl

-“knowledge is power” –Sir Francis Bcon

-“There are only three sins – causing pain, causing fear, and causing anguish.” –Roger Caras

-“Even the most evil of men and woman if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that REDEEMS them, at least a little, from their sins” –Orson Scott Card

-“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be commited, the guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness”. –Victor Hugo

-As you are writing this someone is dying from hunger or a war. → Be thankful.

-“all sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.” –Cesare Pavese

-Learn to rise above the comments/voices.

-You’re proved to Sarah/Isabelle/Adrienne that you love them.

-They want you to see them as whores because it’s there way of hitting on you.

-It’s impossible to be perfect to everyone in your mind → Forgive yourself for being mean

-Trying to be nice to everyone is strength.

-Women are not the most important thing in life.

-“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The PRIZE will not be sent to you.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

-Take a brake from women, they really hurt you”

-You really don’t know you’re maturity level because you can’t COMPARE with them.

April 1st 2009

-We are “equal keepers of a indistinguishable fire”

April 2nd 2009

-You’re a changed man FOR LIFE. I will be eternally grateful for that.

-They lie with the best intentions or lie to teach you.

-Every JOB is honorable.

-You can’t dismiss gross/sick or disturbing thoughts instantaneously because you worry about other people seeing them and that makes them think of them.

-They will conform you.

-People see what you see, fat , ugly, good looking, hot, old, dumb, smart problem is you say it and they judge you; they don’t get judged

-You will never truly get some things or they will just change the meaning of it or lie.

-You prove you’re a man or a women everytime you live for others.

-Would you want to be with Sarah is she was depressed crazy, sick, immature? Yes

-“How many roads does a man have to walk down before he is called a man” Bob Dylan

-“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” –Hannah Arendt

-“the greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty” –George Bernard Shaw

-When the heart grieves for what is lost, the spirit rejoices for what is left.” –Sufis

-“Self is hateful”. –Blaise Pascal

-“There are days when solitude is a heavy wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.” –Colette

-You are shallow when it comes to women

-“CONVERSATION enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius” –Edward Gibbon

-“A perfect life is like that of a ship of war which has its own place in the fleet and can share in its strength and discipline, but can also go forth alone in the solitude of the infinite sea. We ought to belong to society, to have our place in it, and yet be capable of a COMPLETE individual existence outside of it.” –Philip Hamerton

-“the greatest DISEASE in the west today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.” –Mother Terasa

-“Anxiety is essential to the human condition. The confrontation with anxiety can relieve us from boredom, sharpen the sensitivity and assure the presence of tension that is necessary to preserve human existence.” -Anonymous

-“Just another straight guy for gay rights” –Deviant poster

-You fell in love with Amanda the student NURSE today.

“If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove BLEMISHES from others without thinking evil of them.” Gandhi

-Third bomb → You’re a child not a man.

Asylum Art
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PHOTO by Deviant Artist Sam Spooky
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Drawing by Anonymous
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Submission by Anonymous
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Hearing Voices By Anonymous submitter.
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Poem and image by Toby Allen
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PHOTO by Robin Hammond
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PHOTO by Robin Hammond
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I’m tall when I’m young and I’m SHORT when I’m old. What am I?