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How Depression Prepared Me for the Coronavirus or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Uncertainty

Trevor Almy sent us this beautiful reflection. For Chris Crane As we approach the end of our shelter-in-place orders, I have been reflecting on how, although I have an anxiety-based disorder, I have not panicked from the external crisis or from being sequestered. Paradoxically, the coronavirus has given me an outward threat to direct my […]

Scared Silly: How Horror and Humor Helped My OCD and Prepared Me for the End of the World

This one was written by Trevor Almy. For Jim Brown and Ian Olson. Ever since I was six years old, I have struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In my early years, my illness manifested itself through an eclectic range of symptoms. I lined up my shoes. I closed closet doors. I pushed the paper […]

Mikhail Bakhtin and Glee on Identity

“I cannot manage without another, I cannot become myself without another; I must find myself in another by finding another in myself (in mutual reflection and mutual acceptance). Justification cannot be self-justification, recognition cannot be self-recognition. I receive my name from others, and it exists for others (self-nomination is imposture).” (Taken from: Problems of Dostoevsky’s […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Imputed Righteousness

I was recently forwarded a review for the provocative new book Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?, wherein psychiatrist Ian Osborn claims that the doctrine of imputed righteousness can be a major help in overcoming mental illness. By “imputed righteousness,” he’s referring to the Protestant understanding  of a person being judged (by God) not according to […]