a peek into the future

I’m probably going to switch to posting longer, higher-quality stuff once a week or so, and post news stories or tidbits the other days of the week.  Attempting to do topics justice while still posting frequently doesn’t go so hot with a full-time job.  (I’m having a lot of fun, though.  Here and at the job.  But not, you know, too much fun.)

Here is a sampling of topics I’d like to write about at some point (not in any order).  If anyone votes for anything, I’ll bump it up in the schedule.  If anyone wants to propose a topic, I’ll drop it in the list as long as it’s vaguely appropriate.

  • medication for youth (this has a vote already)
  • antipsychotics for youth
  • worries about personality and perceptions of self with regards to medication
  • relapse rates in bipolar
  • kindling
  • violence rates/types (both by and against the mentally ill)
  • creativity and medication
  • firearms (second amendment, deaths by suicide)
  • transient mental disorders (like hysterical fugue, that was once popular and is now almost gone)
  • more on culture and mental disorders because I ❤ culture
  • evolutionary psychology/biology of mental disorders (because I ❤ evolution)
  • culture and evolution with regards to mental disorders (because I ❤ the interrelationship of culture and evolution more than almost any academic topic)
  • approaches to decreasing stigma and stereotypes
  • weird crap I find on the internet
  • multiple personality disorder, soulbonds, and theory of mind (i.e., lots of speculation)
  • otherkin, and fringe religious beliefs: I don’t believe you’re really an iridescent winged fox like you think you are, but I don’t think you’re mentally ill, either
  • these weird things you have to get differentially diagnosed with and that almost no one has (like cycloid psychosis and brief psychotic disorder): what the hell are they?
  • inaccuracies in science reporting
  • symptom clusters in unipolar depression: withdrawal vs. support-seeking
  • Munchausen’s (people faking disorders including mental illness for personal gain)
  • dumb things people say – not the standard dumb things like”depression means you’re weak” but new fun wacky stuff
  • Is schizoaffective disorder a form of schizophrenia, a form of bipolar, its own thing, or something else?
  • spectrum disorders, public perception, and identity politics
  • other identity politics stuff
  • legal stuff (I don’t know enough about this yet to break it down into subcategories)


4 Responses to a peek into the future

  1. Meredith says:

    I vote for:

    worries about personality and perceptions of self with regards to medication, kindling (I have a personal stake there, because I believe it’s true in my case), creativity and medication, and ANYTHING with culture.

  2. resonance says:

    k, I’ll bump them up on the to-do list!

  3. hymes says:

    We have a hysterical fugue patient in a state hospital in Virginia, or did, she made the papers since they were trying to identify her and find her family. This was about a year ago. I think it has always been rare, but I don’t think it has disappeared. Of course maybe this woman actually had DID/MPD and they wouldn’t give her that diagnosis because it isn’t accepted it seems in our state.

  4. resonance says:

    That’s true, it still happens, but not at anywhere near the same rate…

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