I’ve noticed there is an association between depression and female traits in many people’s minds. People with depression are often seen as overly sensitive, weak, indecisive, unstable and perhaps just neurotic. Many of Freud’s patients were women who were often seen in a negative light and that still continues today.
Yesterday I came across an article in the Atlantic regarding how women like Hillary are viewed as candidates. Generally strong women like her are viewed in a negative light and when I say strong, I mean being the opposite of clinically depressed. Hillary is a woman with more male characteristics and Trump supporters are attacking her at the moment for being overly male, “Trump that bitch”, and somewhat ironically also for being weak as well when focusing on her health. According to some psychologists the reason might be that some men feel emasculated by a women leader.
For most of my life I’ve experienced fatigue and headaches. It wasn’t until relatively recently though that it occurred to me that my fatigue might be related to having migraines. In 2009 after reading about the connection between mood disorders and migraines I convinced my GP to let me try Valproate to prevent migraines. During that time though I experienced a psychotic reaction and the focus on treating the migraines was some how lost. I also tried Propanolol but it had such a sedating effect I couldn’t tolerate it for long. I felt like I was about to pass out the entire time I was on it.
Isn’t everyone a little mentally ill? This seems to be the prevailing idea on my FB feed via memes. One of these memes says, ” relax…we’re all crazy, its not a competition”. When I see this I feel annoyed but at the same time I wonder is there a clear boundary between normal and abnormal? As someone who has experienced psychotic depression, OCD and Dysthymia I’m annoyed because that large of a spectrum invalidates my difficulty to a large degree. I think these people mean well because they are trying to include me as normal but on the other hand saying that I don’t have much to complain about.
Recently a well known psychiatrist, Dr. Gail Saltz, and Obama stated that most mass shooters aren’t mentally ill. I’m a little perplexed about this since the most recent shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, and many others have at least a personality issues if not an actual personality disorder. A personality disorder is considered a mental disorder and according to Wikipedia mental illness and mental disorder are used interchangeably.