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Thanks so much dreampainter!
This is an excellent article. Thank you.
Hey Someone Else, I do hope you get it finished. I see your point about the time given for the call, but this was specifically for work that likely had already been made over the last year. Looking forward to seeing the work, and I wouldn’t worry too much about the photography, online display of artwork does not require as much of a professional hand to get it to look good. So give it a go. I think it will work out nice.
Thanks for this comment. I agree with what you’re saying. I have met stereotypes and myths of artists with much suspicion my entire life – especially the poor, moody, and traumatized artist. Artists are just people with a different way of expressing themselves. I’m glad art serves you the way it does.
Thanks so much Miranda! Such powerful work Phoebe!
Your pointillism work sounds really cool! Shoot me an email maybe we can work something out. And thanks for your comments! Keep creating!
Pheobe, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you were able to move on from an art teacher who obviously did not understand its power. And your last sentence there is so true, much love and keep creating!
Well, you’ve read my other work on here, I approach it from a position of “reforming” (admittedly a word that could be interchanged with others like transform, etc) psychiatry by trying to move people through art and writing to change how we as individuals and a society relate to our own and each others suffering – changing minds through telling my story. I am just an artist and a writer, and that is just about all my work can do (not that this is a small thing!). And of course, the change is not always guaranteed. But, must try and do what I can.
RippleOn, thank you so much for this. When I saw the comment, they were words I needed to hear. I also checked out your project online. I was really touched and inspired by what you are doing. Thank you for the work you are doing in honor of your son. Much love and strength to you.
Thanks so much everyone, for the kind words and encouragement!
Perhaps offering the field of psychiatry a definition of what it is they are actually doing, what they are tasked with – which is to address emotional suffering. This, like you say, only became a medical rather than a community, spiritual or situational issue recently and has done mostly harm in the implementing of it. When I think of the possibilities here that we are missing by grasping onto this erroneous idea, it truly makes me sad, but also hopeful that one day we will let it go and return to seeing people’s pain as human reactions to life’s many hardships.
Thanks for sharing your story. And thank you so much for the question. The more I share my story, the more I get this particular question about fending off more episodes. I think something you said is important, and was really important for me: that I’ve made major life and even psychological changes (like quitting pot years ago, alcohol, and eating better, different supplements – like NAC – which actually seems to help a lot, and really digging into resolving my trauma around family and hospitalizations.) I feel like this strengthened me and made episodes less likely. But, it all is a mystery in some ways. I too, had altered states etc before medication, but I truly believe these are natural responses of the brain to trauma in some cases. I guess as the trauma resolved and the exacerbating chemicals (pot, psychiatric drugs, etc,) were removed from the equation, it was a much safer environment for me to get off everything. I’m still on a tiny bit, tapering off Vraylar now. It’ll take me a bit. But, it’s been one of the more difficult – even if it is such a small dose. My voices and everything really started relegating themselves to dreams/falling asleep a while back, the suicidality was mostly due to the Latuda and just…what it’s like to be a psychiatric patient for 20 years, and my “manias” were never (except for maybe once) really textbook. I wish you so much luck, look, the thing is trust yourself, build in some safety nets and give it a go. you won’t know until you try. But I totally get the fear around it, so much. Sending strength and solidarity.
So true my friend. I have a hard time explaining this to most people. But I always try!
So glad to hear your story. And that you are like you say, “more than a survivor.” Thank you so much for sharing. Much love.
Yes, I agree on many fronts. And I can’t pretend I don’t have first hand experience with the truth of this.
It seems society has never really figured out how to truly honor artists, from childhood on up into adulthood.
Thanks for the kind words.
Thanks so much Sam! And what you say is absolutely true.
Aw. Thank you so much for all these kind words!! I’m so glad my work resonates with you so deeply.
I’ve never heard of Bateson’s theory. I’ll have to look it up!
Fellow artist! hello! I’m so glad you like it.
Yes, in so many cases, so true.
Thank you so much for these thoughts. Lots to think about here, really good questions.
Thank you for those words Sarah. I am really happy the conversation has turned toward compassion and forgiveness. It is important for us, those who have been harmed, to free ourselves also from the anger. I am on a constant journey with this.
I have studied buddhism for about 10 years and found Buddhism doesn’t much talk about forgiveness, only…compassion. For me, although I struggle with anger sometimes, going forward with a goal of extending compassion, even to those who have harmed me, has saved me from a lot of pain.
I’ve always liked this prayer, “they know not what they do.”
It can be quite a mess when a psychiatrist/therapist has not done the work themselves. You’re assessments are spot on in many ways.
I wish you all the best on your and your loved one’s journey.
I’m sorry you went through all that. Truly, it is a fundamentally abusive paradigm. Hopefully by telling our stories, we can change that.
Thank you so much for these words.
Thank you! I’m so glad it resonated with you!
Thanks so much Eric. The alchemy of transforming suffering into wisdom is so powerful.
Thanks so much for these comments Roselee and Steve. Both of you are dead on in my book.
Thank you Carlene! So true.
Oh yeah, definitely. Some of the most important words uttered to me during my recovery from all this were “You’re not crazy, Karin, you’re an artist!”
So well said. Thank you!
Thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, for me allowing is another way of holding, helping to carry someone’s grief. Best of wishes to you as well.