Here’s something interesting from the Royal College.
People with severe mental illness are at greater risk of being victims of crime.
“People with severe mental illness were five times more likely to be victims of assault, and three times more likely to be victims of household crime and criminal damage than the control group – even after taking into account differences in their demographics and social circumstances.”
Women were found to be particularly at risk of community and domestic violence.
It’s worth reading the whole article since there are so many misconceptions about mental illness.
I’m kind of busy, but here’s some linky goodness from The Rumpus.
Rumpus Interview with Paul Gilmartin
“Gilmartin is not a psychotherapist, he is not a psychoanalyst, he is not a psychiatrist; he is not even in the mental health field. He describes himself as a jackass who tells dick jokes. I disagree. He may tell dick jokes, but Paul Gilmartin is definitely not a jackass. He is a compassionate, funny human being who suffers from depression and childhood trauma and is on a mission to de-stigmatize mental illness one interview at a time.”
Themes I hope to cover in my talk on Mental Illness in Nineworlds Geekfest 2014
Radisson Blu Edwardian convention hotel at Heathrow, London
The talk is in Room 30, 11:45 to 1300hrs.
- Stigma: Why creative writers are of utmost importance in mental illness perception
- Nuancing suicide and self-harm
- The case of Electro-Convulsive Therapy
- True psychosis versus Hollywood psychosis
- Trauma, stress reactions, PTSD
- Apathy/avolition, social decline, and the “mad” supervillain
- Quick case study: Morpheus in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’
- Quick case study: Hannibal (TV) auto-immune encephalitis
- Quick case study: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Episodes: ‘Normal Again’, ‘Hush’
- Quick case study: Angel, Episode ‘Damage’
- The problem of Split Personality
I’ll be taking questions as well. If you plan to attend and you have a burning topic you can add it to the comments section.
There’s an interesting article in this month’s British Journal of Psychiatry.
Written by Brandon Kohrt, it challenges what we think we know about child soldiers and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in this group.
PTSD rates in this group are high (33%) as compared with the general population (circa 10%). A longitudinal study showed rates fell to 16% over four years, which is encouraging. Supportive social environment (families, communities) was thought to be good for recovery.
What was new to me was the similarities between what we define as child soldier. There may be a degree of arbitrariness.
“Many youth identified by humanitarian agencies as child soldiers joined an armed group in their mid- to late teens. Yet, a 16-year-old who joins an armed group in Sierra Leone is labelled a child soldier, whereas a 17-year-old who enlists in the UK is not”
And before you say, ‘yeah, but the child soldier was forced’ I invite you to read the article. Even the assumption about abduction and force may be flawed.