Mental Health

Conquering Fear and Loathing in Trump’s America

Every day seems to bring a new blow to democracy or another threat to people like me.  Read more »

Going Green: Writer Mariko Tamaki Takes the Hulk Franchise into Uncharted Territory

Not only is a woman now taking center stage as Hulk, stepping into a role that has always been a symbol of superheroic masculinity, her trauma and internalized anger is at the heart of the story. Read more »

When the Past is Present: Documentary "After Fire" is a Nuanced Portrait of Women Veterans

After Fire is a sensitive and nuanced portrait of women’s pain: It does not define its subjects by their pain, but neither does it deny their pain or require them to qualify, perform, or justify that pain. Read more »

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 »

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