Psychiatric Reference Information for Writers
The plan here is to establish a pseudo-encyclopedia of psychiatric information for writers: a database of psychiatric/medical facts, as well as a more subjective section devoted to writing ideas, opinions, reflections that bring mental health & illness and writing together.
Planned topics include “Understanding the sex offender/predator,” “Everything you need to know about forensic Hospitals,” “Using psychiatric jargon in fiction,” “How to make your antagonist even more difficult,” and… well, lots more. Please keep checking back.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. –Sigmund Freud
Medical & Psychiatric Reference: Database
More to follow!
Reflections (psychiatry, writing, and everything in between)
Benefits of Smoking. “…The benefits of tobacco for avoiding Parkinson’s seems to be linked to the amount of tobacco a person uses. That is, the more tobacco consumed, the more beneficial it is to the patient. Of note, ex-smokers seem to have a lower risk of contracting the disease compared to nonsmokers…” more
Depressed heroes. “I’m surprised that none of our superheroes suffer from depression. No, no, hear me out: melancholia is a common finding – consider the Byronic hero, the angst-driven, self-loathing man we all can’t help but admire — but what about fictional characters with REAL clinical depression? more
When your reality is defective: psychosis. “…Real or not, these memories are real to you. The medications keep them at a distance, but the thoughts, the feelings, the love you feel for that partner and best friend you never had, none of that goes away. And you don’t want to forget them. You don’t want to forget who you are, who you imagined you were….” more
Are fencing and riding bicycles the secret to enjoying old age? “…Jeanne Louise Calment led an extremely active life, taking up fencing at 85-years-old and still riding a bicycle at 100. Jean played herself at the age of 114 in the film Vincent and Me (Can 1990) – becoming the oldest actress to appear in a film. Her keys to long life were olive oil, port, chocolate and although she enjoyed smoking, she gave up in 1995…” more
Did you say Happiness Training? “But do you really believe happiness is a choice? Can changing your behavior leave you content for the rest of your life? Want to know what I think? As a psychiatrist, I believe happiness is a choice, most of the time, but not always…” more
Why you should avoid having writers as friends. “So I listen to private conversations and watch people when they aren’t looking my way. I’m a loner, which makes that sort of creepy. I’m a psychiatrist, which makes it almost pathological. But life fascinates me, as do the millions of living (and some not-to-living) creatures that surround us, and yeah, I take notes. I write everything down. Want to remember what we talked about ten years ago, when we sat in that bar and you’d had that bottle of wine? I’ve got it. I’ve got all of it…” more
Successful people who failed before they succeeded. “Henry Ford’s early business failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company…. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and started a business called Traf-O-Data, which eventually failed…” more