Locks and Keys. [Joel Sax suggested this site]. As with Kangaroo Court this blog is a mix of cogent excerpts from published articles and the site author's keen insights on each of the items posted.When the Dream Becomes Real is another site I like visiting. An online book and filmography, you're provided a point of view that suggests that people with schizophrenia may very well be folks so attuned to the global psyche as to sense ~somewhat first hand~ the terrors that humanity has wrought upon the planet. This would place folks who live with schizophrenic realities as visionaries [albethey unintended ones] for an otherwise blind global populace. If one accepts this perspective, it would behoove us to seriously consider those terrifying visions/voices/realities that "the schizophrenic" tries to convey, rather than to swiftly and ignorantly dismiss them altogether as delusions. When one continously lives in metaphors, it is sometimes difficult to make others understand it.
Crazy Tracy. "Where humor meets four-point restraint". Tracy is a psychiatric nurse who has also been on the receiving end of treatment. From personal observation I know that is is a career/life link that is more prevalent than most might imagine. Her knowledge from both sides is enlightening.
Ophelia Mourne's Musings of a Dysfunctional Mind provides another first person account of dealing with madness, specifically depression. The images she chooses may, at time, be disturbing, but they help illustrate her point, no doubt about it. I also like her tagline: "Did they stick you in here 'cause you weren't working right?." That, in turn makes me think of the evil Mayoress in Anyone Can Whistle, who slaps everybody she disagrees with in the insane asylum, when it is the Mayoress alone, who probably isn't "thinking right".
Elizabeth Richter's Songs of the Captive. This is a book, not a blog. I've been corresponding with Ms. Richter for a couple of years now. We don't always agree. Then again, we often do. Her tale warrants note. Check it out.
Been Broken. "An occasional diary ~ One Man and Mental Illness" The author's profile gives his creds: "I have had mental health problems since 17 [and] have had various diagnoses including 'schizoid'; anorexic; and clinically depressed". Crisp and clear is the writing.
Otto Wahl's First Person Account Book List. Most of the books are by people who experience what psychiatry calls "depressive disorders". As I warn on other parts of my weblog, you can't find everything online. So hightail it down to the local library, independent bookstore or even Amazon.com to get a copy of the books he's listed.
Mind Freedom's Oral History Project. Vignettes about people's experiences. The Project involves "...collecting stories from psychiatric survivors, consumers, and ex-patients about their experiences in the mental health system: powerful stories of recovery, survival, resistance, and self-determination."
Psychiatrized. Fighting the clinical and institutional prejudices that underlie to social bigotry more commonly known as "Stigma".
Psychiatric Survivor Archives. From Toronto, a site devoted to documenting the grim history of how people with mentall illnesses were regarded and what was considered acceptable practice. Still in development but far enough along to get the idea.
Lunatics Liberation Front created and developed "...to promote the liberation of those of us who have been or are in danger of being labelled mentally ill: who go nuts or get too angry, too "high" or too miserable for our own and/or other people's comfort."