Mental Health

Donald Trump Is Deplorable, Racist, and Islamophobic: But Please Don't Call Him "Crazy"

By labeling Trump’s behaviors as “mental illness,” people aren’t just engaging in casual hyperbole, they’re repeating terms they hear used as epithets. And that hurts, for people who deal with mental illness. Read more »

The Subversive Show With the Terrible Name: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Satirizes Sexist Tropes with Song and Dance

By traditional television standards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend should not work. Read more »

G.L.O.S.S. and the Unbearable Weightiness of Success

Days after announcing their choice to turn down a lucrative record deal, queer-centric Olympia punk band G.L.O.S.S has annoucned their breakup.  Read more »

Laughing at Death: How Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite” Helped Me Deal With My Own Depression

The surreal show jokes about suicide and depression as a way to cope with their grim realities.  Read more »

Locked Down: On Disability and Incarceration

As a culture, we never addressed the ableist biases that led us to want to lock up disabled people in the first place.  Read more »

Ask Bear: I Think My Friend Is in a Downward Spiral. How Do I Help Her?

“Make lots of time and space for conversation to happen.” Read more »

Want to Write a Memoir? Make Sure You Get a Therapist!

Advice from author and comedian Sara Benincasa, whose new book is called “Real Artists Have Day Jobs.” Read more »

Backtalk: Game of Thrones & xoJane

This week, we talk about burning down the patriarchy in Game of Thrones and how the show’s female characters have evolved this season. Then, we discuss the desctructive clickbait culture seen in many online outlets—most specifically, xoJane, which published an... Read more »

The Raw Essays of "So Sad Today" Make Me Feel Less Alone With My Anxiety

Melissa Broder needed a safe space to vent about her feelings of anxiety and depression. So she turned to Twitter.  Read more »

Ask Bear: Everything is Fine. So Why Do I Feel Like a Total Loser?

I have a job and friends and a place to live. But I feel like I missed about a billion steps to adulting? Read more »

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