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Comments for Weekly Geeks 2009-08: Rewind: Political and Social Issues

Weekly GeeksWeekly Geeks 2009-08: Rewind: Political and Social Issues: 02/28/09

This week we are going to rewind to May 2008 when Dewey picked one of my favorite Weekly Geeks themes: Political and Social Issues. Since we have many new members to the Weekly Geeks Event, I thought it might be fun to revisit this fantastic theme.

Here is how to play:

  1. Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. If you were a Weekly Geek last May and already did this theme, pick a different theme than the one you did at that time.
  2. Educate readers about your topic by telling us a little about it and any involvement you've had in this issue.
  3. Find books addressing your issue; they do not necessarily have to be books you've read. They can be non fiction, fiction, poetry, etc...Give a little synopsis of the book or a link to the description.
  4. Use images which you feel illustrate your topic.

Back in May I picked Gay Rights and I listed a few books I had recently read. Since I can't do that topic again, I'll go with mental health. Mental health issues take many forms but they often go hand in hand with social exclusion and social isolation. People who for one reason or another aren't part of whatever is considered normal for their society end can end up on the fringes of it. Those on the fringe often also suffer from mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and so forth. It wasn't that long ago that homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder and there are some who would like it to continue to be classified that way.

I'm not a doctor or an activist so my direct involvement is rather limited. Below are a list of books I've read that skim the surface of this large and complex topic.

  • Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg (a memoir about bipolar disorder)
  • Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes (Don Quixote is an affected personality of the Sr. Quixana who is suffering from delusions
  • One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe (a poetry collection about mental health disorders affect the homeless)
  • It's About Your Friend by Philip Scott (one of the two main characters suffers from depression to the point of not being able to work)
  • Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson (a relationship advice book that has lots of tips for improving the mental health and self esteem of couples.)

Those are just a few of the many books I've read and reviewed.

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Comment #1: Saturday, February, 28, 2009 at 18:23:02


Thanks for those reminders Puss, especially for the one about Don Quixote. How alarmed we would be if we met him in the street today!<

Comment #2: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 16:04:20


I felt obligated to include Don Quixote, especialy after the recent CSI episode: "Disarmed and Dangerous" which compared a mentally ill person to Don Quixote.

Comment #3: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 02:45:08

Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

Mental health is a fascinating topic. I love reading books about it. The human brain is amazing, but the way it works sometimes is very disturbing - these conditions could happen to any of us. Thank you for sharing some great books.

Comment #4: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 16:07:20


The human brain is amazing and still very mysterious even with all the advancements in medicine and science. Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my post.

Comment #5: Saturday, Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 06:04:04


Interesting links. Esp. the last one sounds interesting, esp. since mental disoders affect not only the one suffering from it but also very much the surroundings.


Comment #6: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 1610:40


Hold Me Tight is an excellent book for couples who need help bringing back the warmth in their relationships.

Comment #7: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 13:54:05

Dorte H

Excellent theme to write about!

I think it is so important to talk openly about mental illnesses and get away from this horrible taboo which makes a depression even worse!

Comment #8: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 16:12:50


Depression is so wide spread. We need to be more willing as a society to let people speak their minds and hearts.

Comment #9: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 17:56:36


This is an issue close to my heart! I am a social worker in mental health! Not everyone with a mental health issues live on the fringes of society but many do. We are trying hard to help those people get more active in their communities.

I have suffered depression myself and know what it is like not to want to get out of bed. It is very isolating. Luckly I had friend and my husband who helped me through!

Comment #10: Sunday, March, 1, 2009 at 16:15:03


Of course it's not just the fringe who suffers from things like depression. My direct experience though with depression comes mostly from my gay friends.

Comment #11: Thursday, March, 5, 2009 at 19:47:57


It has been so long since I read Don Quixote I completely forgot his true name and that he suffered from delusions. I think I always came away with the impression that he was a bit crazy, but inspired. Looking at it as a mental disorder you get quite a different picture.

Comment #12: Monday, March 9, 2009 at 21:28:15


I wouldn't have made the connection were it not for the recent CSI episode, "Disarmed and Dangerous" that played up the connection.

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