Psyched Out by Philip Dawdy, Seattle Weekly.

Finally a realistic picture of mental illness. Not the smiling, happy person who has fully recovered and become a "functioning member of society" (translation: squeezed back into their position as cog in some company). Not the schizophrenic serial killer on death row that comprises the majority of news stories you'll find on any given day that you try to google terms like "mental illness" or "mental health" or "schizophrenia." This story talks about people taking meds, dealing with side effects, recovering for a while before another episode smacks them down. The story manages to end with hope, but this is one of the best descriptions I've read about average people living with mental illness.


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