1boriningoldman: According to Allen Frances, MD, chairman of the DSM IV Editoral Committee (and now fierce critic of the newly issued DSM V), “Mickey Nardo, MD, represents all the psychiatrists in the trenches who have had more than enough of incompetent APA leadership. He writes what is by far the best available psychiatric blog under the misleadingly modest nom-de-blog ‘1boringoldman.’ Dr. Nardo is definitely not boring and by my standards is not that old. Anyone who regularly reads his blog will agree that he lives up only to the last part of the title — he is indeed a mensch.” Dr. Nardo’s blog is an excellent if detailed resource on current goings-on in American psychiatry.
BiPolar: Crazy Mermaid’s Blog: A self-styled “Bipolar Delusional Psychotic Mentally Ill Woman Involuntarily Committed to Mental Hospital” writes about her experience with late onset bipolar disorder. As she says, “I’m writing this blog to give people– especially people whose family members have a mental illness–an idea of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. As a card-carrying member of the mentally ill population, I am in a perfect position to spew forth a plethora of information on various aspects of mental illness.”
Bonkers Bob Schizophrenia Blog is the blog of a 26-year-old man with schizophrenia residing in the UK. His blog features information about his experiences with his illness. He emphasizes staying well, stating that prior to treatment he had spent more than one and a half years in psychiatric wards. Now he sticks to treatment and attempts to live a low-stress life.
For Shawnel is a blog by Shawn Maxam, who is bipolar, in memory of his late brother. A New Yorker, Maxam is currently living in Hamilton, NJ, where among other pursuits he is an active volunteer with NAMI Mercer. As Maxam writes, “The blog’s name is in memory of my brother who was tragically murdered in the summer of 2006. Nine months later I was hospitalized and was subsequently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. I want to use this blog as a forum to discuss the truth about mental illness and discredit the misconceptions surrounding this deadly disease. Also as a person of Jamaican descent I believe there is a lack of discussion about mental illness in the Caribbean and Black community. Lastly, as shocking as this may seem men have feelings, too, especially Black men. I want to share my emotional and mental struggles here. Hopefully this will end the wall of silence and destroy the stereotype of the Angry Black Man. This blog is not for me but for anyone who has been depressed, experienced death or tragedy, is affected by mood disorders and mental illness directly or indirectly, had emotional breakdowns or just been stressed the hell out AND made it to the other side.”
Mad in America: Robert Whitaker is a journalist who has specialized in covering medicine and science. His articles on psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have won a George Polk Award for Medical Writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998, he co-wrote a series on abuses in psychiatric research that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. He is the author of four books. His most recent one is Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.
Pharmalot: News and commentary about the pharmaceutical industry and what’s happening in the world of medications development.
PsychoSystemics: “The Sisyphean quest to help our mentally afflicted loved ones seek, secure and save their services from The System, as told by a kindred sojourning father enroute.” PsychoSystemics recounts the father’s impressions, frustrations, and insights arising from his encounters with the system of care and services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
Pete Earley: Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise. His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with ”the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine. When Pete’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance of Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage. This new advocacy has taken him to 46 different states and multiple countries around the globe where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill.
Stiffen The Sinews is the journal of a young woman who suffers from schizophrenia. On it, she chronicles her experiences in living with and managing her illness. Many of her postings concern the symptoms of her illness and how she copes with them.
Treatment Advocacy Center: The Treatment Advocacy Center was founded in 1998 to promote improvements in the treatment of people with severe mental illnesses. It has grown as an independent voice for reforming treatment laws. The principal leader behind the Treatment Advocacy Center is Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nationally known expert on schizophrenia and advocate for sufficient medical treatment for individuals with schizophrenia.
The Trouble with Spikol: “Liz Spikol was born in Philadelphia sometime in the 20th century. She started writing about her experience as a person with mental illness in 1999, while employed at Philadelphia Weekly as the paper’s managing editor… She has also worked as a Spanish teacher, as a Certified Peer Specialist during Philly’s system-wide transformation and as a communications specialist for a prison reform organization. Currently, she works at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and writes book reviews for Philadelphia Weekly. Her blog (named one of the Top 10 Bipolar Blogs of 2007 and 2008 by PsychCentral) is about medications, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, SAD, …mad pride, Big Pharma, celebrities, hospitals, stigma and the recovery movement. And other stuff.”
Voices of Recovery Schizophrenia: A blog by “SR” with accounts of individual experiences recovering from schizophrenia.