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We're All Mad Here: Going to the Loony Bin: A Brief History of the Asylum

Despite documenting abuses in the institutional environment in a way that might seem like a condemnation of institutionalization, pop culture often makes a point... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Mental Illness and Celebrities

The hunger for celebrity gossip appears unslakable; there’s a reason paparazzi and gossip-mongers can always find employment in Los Angeles. Even in periods of... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: <em>Inception</em> & Dom Cobb's Crazy Lying Dead Wife

This post includes spoilers for Inception. It also discusses domestic violence. There are multiple interpretations of Inception, but for the basis of this discussion I’m going to take the movie at face value. The central story is about Dominic Cobb needing to come to terms... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Of Course We Should Dislike This Character! She's Crazy!

One consequence of this kind of character presentation is that audience members can experience a sense of “she deserved it” when something bad happens. Take, for example, the domestic violence depicted in the Schuester kitchen, where Will grabs Terri, shoves her aggressively against a counter, and... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Case Studies of "Crazy Bitches" in Cinema

This post includes spoilers for the movies Single White Female, The Craft, and Perfect Blue. These three movies have several things in common: The main point-of-view character in each one is what I’ve called “fake-out crazy.” Each one exhibits some sort of behavior... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Race, Gender, and Mental Illness in Pop Culture

Cast your mind back over the depictions of mental illness you’ve encountered most recently; there’s a chance many of them were women, from madwomen in the attic to crazy exes, and there’s a chance that at least some of them were people of color.... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Fighting Stigma Through Humor

Last year in Canada, there were two nation-wide campaigns to fight mental health stigma. The first focused on the financial cost of mental health. It was launched by one of our major banks, and had a slick advertising campaign full of dark colors and statistics. There were multi-page discussions... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Intake Interview

Welcome to We’re All Mad Here, an exciting series on depictions of mental illness (and health) in pop culture featuring the lovely Anna and s.e. smith. We thought we’d start things off with a little interview so you... Read more »

Stage Left: Mental Illness and Treatment in NEXT TO NORMAL

As a mentally ill musical theatre fan, depictions of characters who share that trait with me typically fall into one of two categories: they a) don’t exist or they b) make me rage. next to normal comes closer than most shows to getting it right, in a lot of ways. But where it fails,... Read more »

B-Sides: Susan McKeown, "Singing in the Dark"

There is, in my opinion, a right way and a wrong way to advertise Irish singer Susan McKeown’s album ... Read more »

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