lifelong writer and artist emerging from my lair
Jailhouse Survival Tips
Being deprived of freedom and under 24 hour surveillance while surrounded by potentially hostile strangers is no joke. Incarceration is a traumatic experience, period; doubly so if one is lacking any outside support. I do not believe any human being, remaining in a state of hyper-vigilance, is truly able to stay healthy and safe in a facility that reeks of human distress and misery. I do not believe corrections and medical staff are able to stay healthy, sane and safe in carceral settings, let alone the people detained within.
Psych Ward Survival Tips
As a person with 8 emergency psychiatric hospitalizations under my belt, due to experiences ranging from severe psychosis, attempted suicide, and the overall agitation that can come from being a traumatized person without housing, I find myself to be qualified to address this topic. Experiencing a mental health crisis can be a traumatizing ordeal in itself, without having to endure barbaric and coercive treatment practices. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency there may be little option for care outside of inpatient hospitalization. In this writing I synthesize past personal experiences to help you or your loved ones navigate involuntary treatment.
What is private besides our minds? What space truly belongs to us, beyond the cubic inches of our individual crania? Is that space even private domain at all? Certainly not if our behavior displays substantial deviation from social norms or puts ourselves or others in harms way. Certainly not when one has had a relapse into a volatile state of psychosis after many years of stability and is now mired in a legal battle due the collateral damage of a crisis.
I'm Offended by Comedic Mediocrity
What do fading comedians and conservative political pundits have in common? A tired reliance on throwing transgender people under the bus whenever feasible. Why did the U.S. fail in Afghanistan? According to Ben Shapiro - transgender people. Who is rubbing civil rights success in the face of other minorities? According to Dave Chappelle - transgender people. Need a scapegoat or a punchline? Quick! Transgender discrimination to the rescue!