Before and After Pictures of Animals Growing Up [via]
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English Literature, University of Edinburgh
How do violent portrayals of the mentally ill in 20th century literature affect the stigma of mental illness?
The right prescription…
I will always remember walking out of the opticians, with my NHS brown metallic rimmed glasses pushed against my forehead, and for the first time really seeing things: the trees now had individual leaves and branches, rather than the blurred mess I was used to looking at; I saw detail in shop signs and peoples faces as they walked by; I appreciated the colour and vibrancy of everything so much more. Over the following weeks the problems I was experiencing improved dramatically: no more headaches, I caught upon on school work and actually did quite well and my eyes no longer had to tire themselves out.
Fast forward to my late teen years and I experienced these same emotions and feelings again. I’d been having horrible mood ‘attacks’, feeling extremely sad for no apparent reason, my university work was suffering and I was constantly tired. Finally, a very helpful GP diagnosed me with low mood and depression. It was such a relief to actually know my problems had been recognised. Receiving this diagnosis meant I could now finally receive the help I needed.
The GP explained about serotonin levels and how some brains like mine were just different and gave me a prescription for anti-depressants. The following days and weeks after taking them, I experienced the same clarity and relief as I did when I first put on my glasses. I felt back to my normal self, the countryside looked greener, I heard birds sing, saw smiles on peoples faces and even smiled myself.
Both of these episodes resulted in a prescription for my problems. I’d never now leave the house without my glasses - to do so would cause me to not see things in the right way. The same goes for my anti-depressants. If I neglected to take them I wouldn’t see things properly and most importantly I couldn’t be me. I view taking anti-depressants the same as I do my glasses - it is not a sign of weakness wearing/taking them (as many people think) but a sign of strength that a problem has been recognised and is being treated. You wouldn’t tell a spectacles wearer to stop wearing their glasses as they should be ‘cured’ by now, so the same applies for anti-depressant takers (yes, I have been told this!)
Everyday, with the help of my glasses, anti-depressants and mood tracking, I’m seeing more - and liking what I see.
A Moodscope user.
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The special United Nations commission tasked with investigating human rights abuses in North Korea pulled no punches in the final 372-page report it released Monday. It’s a searing indictment of the Pyongyang regime’s use torture, executions, prison camps and other tools of repression to maintain its grip on power. As the report’s conclusion notes:
In many instances, the violations of human rights found by the Commission constitute crimes against humanity. These are not mere excesses of the state. They are essential components of a political system that has moved far from the ideals on which it claims to be founded. The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.
To the commission’s credit, it isn’t just pursuing an academic exercise. A summary of the report includes a copy of a letter that commission chairman Michael Kirby sent last month to Kim Jong-un himself. Kirby urges Kim to halt his regime’s crimes against humanity, warning that (emphasis mine):
[T]he Commission has found no indication that the institutions and officials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are willing and able to identify and prosecute the perpetrators of the foregoing crimes against humanity. The Commission wishes to draw to your attention that it will therefore recommend that the United Nations refer the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity referred to in this letter and in the Commission’s report.
Click here to download the full report, here to download a summary of the report’s findings (as well as Kirby’s letter to Kim Jong-un) and here to review additional material related to the UN commission’s investigation, including satellite images and videos of the commission’s public hearings.
Sorry, did you mean: Human Rights?
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