Anticipation: “I’m in an awful place right now but, with a little help from my friends, I’m gonna get out the other side.”  My life is shit. I hate everything and everyone. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m gonna plan for the future and get out the hole.  (though I should note that Josh is mostly a mess of very unhealthy defence mechanisms in that episode – but that’s what makes an Emmy-winning performance)

▶ The West Wing - Josh & Leo - "What the hell are you doing, now we're both in the hole!

Suppression: “I am going to put off dealing with this until it’s no longer Thursday  Not to be confused with repression, this defence mechanism involves putting off an emotional problem until it’s a more appropriate time to deal with it. Your boyfriend just dumped you, but it’s the Thai boxing world championship or you’re judging an international cupcake competition. You will deal with that loser another time – right now, let’s get to work!

The West Wing Season 2 Episode Senior staff trying to work out when the President will be back from his trip to Japan

Sublimation: “I am stressed at work – so I will dance in my office and drink cocktails.”  When your boss shouts at you or your brother steals your car, you decide to work off your frustration and anger by taking up Thai boxing or baking cupcakes. This turns the unacceptable impulse of wanting to smash someone’s face in or curl up in a ball and cry, and turns it into something productive.

West Wing - Blame it on the Bossa Nova. (Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Emily Procter)

Sherlock =/= psychopath/sociopath/any such thing  The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? There isn’t really a distinction. Sociopathy and psychopathy are sometimes used interchangeably.  Sherlock may be referring to one of Hare’s distinctions that psychopathy is amoral and sociopathy is merely having right/wrong views that differ from the norm. He may also have fixated on meanness, using his lack of personal relationships as evidence.

“I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath.” Clip from the first episode, "A Study in Pink"

Therapists do not sleep with their clients. That is how therapists lose their job and their accreditation. You cannot be impartial with someone if you are swapping bodily fluids. Also, therapists do not generally “go insane” from being therapists. Else we would have no therapists. I’m looking at you, Harleen Quinzel.

Harley Quinn and Her Self Help Books. "I'm Okay, You're Okay, He's Kind of Weird" :)

Powerful statement about suicide and hope.

"Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better." Project by Carlos Navarro. Jenna of Tonight Alive pictured in the photo.

Crime fiction is entertainment. Writers’ primary goal is to entertain. But what is the impact of the written word on the most vulnerable people in society? Does crime fiction contribute to mental health stigma?

Crime fiction is entertainment. Writers’ primary goal is to entertain. But what is the impact of the written word on the most vulnerable people in society? Does crime fiction contribute to mental health stigma?

Types of stalker: > Rejected – pursue their victim after a failed relationship, seeking reunion or revenge > Resentful – seeking to intimidate and distress the victim > Intimacy seeker – desire a loving relationship with the victim > Incompetent suitor – attracted to victim and want a relationship, but have poor social skills > Predatory – spy on a victim in order to plan an attack, often sexual.

Freudian Script: Stalking, Erotomania and Othello Syndrome - Rosie Claverton

After the revelation that Robin Williams suffered with bipolar affective disorder, a rush of articles about creatives and mental health problems sprung up all over the shop. Last week – not for the first time – a young man sat in an assessment with me and said he didn’t want medication to take away his “creativity”.  So, now seemed like a good time to talk about what bipolar affective disorder is and what it isn’t, and how Hollywood and the media often get it wrong.

Freudian Script talks about what bipolar affective disorder is and what it isn't, and how Hollywood and the media often get it wrong.

For this week’s Freudian Script, Lucy V Hay (aka the infamous script guru Bang2write) talks frankly about her struggles with her mental health as a teenager and how that contributed to the latest book in her THE DECISION series, JASMINE’S STORY.

For this week’s Freudian Script, Lucy V Hay (aka the infamous script guru talks frankly about her struggles with her mental health as a teenager and how that contributed to the latest book in her THE DECISION series, JASMINE’S STORY.

“Psycho” – Psychopath? Psychotic? Psychological bullshit?

~Mental Health and Mental Illness: are often used as descriptor words for aspects of every day life. ~Mental Health and Mental Illness: thought of as scary.

To cure his nightmares, Drake went through some Egyptian goddess ritual and got a tattoo. As PTSD treatments go, this isn’t exactly gold standard but it’s 1889, so we’ll let him off.

To cure his nightmares, Drake went through some Egyptian goddess ritual and got a tattoo. As PTSD treatments go, this isn’t exactly gold standard but it’s so we’ll let him off.

Hollywood PTSD: Drake from Ripper Street.   Reality of PTSD symptoms:  > Re-experiencing – flashbacks; intrusive memories; nightmares.  > Hypervigilance – increased sensory arousal and looking out for any possible danger, with exaggerated reactions.  > Avoidance – limiting exposure to situations which may be triggering. Can also involve emotional detachment and a sense of unreality.

PTSD has a lot of Hollywood exposure - this post highlights the areas that Hollywood often glosses over.

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