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serafena
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   Posted 5/19/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Did anyone see the article in May 11th's New York Times talking about the new movement entitled Mad Pride? Here's the link:
www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/fashion/11madpride.html?ex=1368244800&en=01aecef76568c18f&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

It's discussing a movement, much like feminism or Gay Pride, in which people with mental illnesses come out in shows of public support to create a public presence and educate people about their conditions. The main woman they interviewed for the article, Liz Spikol, has bipolar disorder.

Personally, I'm torn on the idea. Firstly, I'm not sure how I feel about being grouped under the moniker "Mad." My husband said, it's sort of like gays calling themselves "queer," they're not actually queer, they just call themselves that to show pride. They "reclaimed" the word. But I'm still a little leery about being "mad."

Otherwise, I think it's a great idea. I definitely think the world could use a little more knowledge about just how many people have mental conditions and what those conditions entail. Break down the stigma a little. I think Bonkersfest sounds fun.

What do you guys think?

serafena
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loving frustrated wife
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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I am with you, the word "mad" holds too much of a negative connotation. I think if it were labeled in a more palatable way it would be better. I hope the right term is found that can acknowledges the challenges people face and overcome proudly. LFW

twisted71
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   Posted 5/20/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
When somebody says "mad" in the context of mental illness, the first thing that usually pops into their head is "insane" or "crazy". So no, "mad" isn't the right word to use. I like bonkersfest too or maybe "nut parade" LOL.
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Joxster1970
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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
When, I hear the word "MAD"... I think of the "MAD HATTER" from whatever that disney movie....I cant think of the name... How about a Mental awareness month ???????
I like bonkersfest......hehe

Joxster1970
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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
devil  Alice in Wonderland... "THE MAD HATTER" iknew i would remmber it soon enough

serafena
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   Posted 5/21/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I've done some more research into the movement and it's really interesting. There's a bunch of small, local groups (one called the Mad Hatters, incidentally) who get together to organize these events. The basis for their common interest seems to be a "medication optional" stance toward the disorder, which looks on bipolar and schizophrenia in particular as "dangerous gifts" which should be used for creativity and self-expression and not repressed by doctors. They don't see the disorders as problems but as "extreme states of being" which should be embraced, not medicated away. The symptoms of the manias and depressions can be controlled through diet and exercise and other holistic means, some say. We had a member on the board who felt this way, and I wish he were still here so I could direct him to some of the sites I've found. If anyone else is interested in learning more about this alternative approach to managing your bipolar, check out the Icarus Project at theicarusproject.net/
Serafena
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