It’s tempting to act as your own lawyer, to argue your own cause. Who better to defend your position than you? This week, stories of pro se defenses: some brilliant, some disastrous. A man fakes his way into an insane asylum by pretending to be crazy, and then can’t argue his way back out. And another man uses vigilante justice to defend his sister’s honor, using a strategy he didn’t know he had in him.
In this episode, we talk about the issues surrounding mental health in this interview with comedy troupe Stand-Up for Mental Health, that uses comedy to break down barriers involving mental health.
When journalist Pete Earley’s son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it sent him on an effort not only to get his son properly diagnosed and treated, but to understand the nation’s mental health system. Earley’s book about the experience is Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
Sophisticated phone apps being developed for the mental health field can serve as a bridge between periodic therapy sessions. They’re a sort of 24-7 mobile therapist that can help with everything from quitting smoking to treating anxiety to detecting relapses in psychotic disorders.