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What do you guys think about this revised idea?

For the longest time I struggled to make a perzine that really captured the biggest aspects of my own life. I'd g through writing story after story but would never be satisfied with what I had. The problem was that I felt like I had no interconnecting theme or layout. I wanted more than a zine that talked about the downs and the ups and the immediacy in them. There was always something missing.

 

However, I now believe I've got it. I've been writing like a fiend, getting closer and closer to a complete zine. At the same time, I'm weary. I've decided to ask thoughts and opinions.

 

I have begun to write pseudo philosophically. Since I've begun studying philosophy, it has became a huge aspect of my life, and it's something I cannot see leaving out.

 

I've begun writing philosophical critiques and interlinking them to my own life, anxiety, depression and overall mental state. For example, I have a story in my zine thus far about the rise of systematic rationalism/objectivity and its affects on subjectivity and passion, which in turn drives my own self to go further than a contingent individuality and to take responsibility for everything. 

 

It's somewhat complex but is rooted in illness and social constructs.

 

I was just wondering what you think.

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Comment by Dee on March 31, 2011 at 8:15pm

From what I have learned in school going through psychology and my research into psychiatry (since that was my original plan throughout school), the DSM-IV is not an official requirement for diagnosis of mental health. It's mostly viewed as a "shorthand" diagnosis for communication and understanding, whether between patients or just for refreshing. Thus, it's viewed as reference material, especially since it's strongly advised that you should not read it unless you have a strong medical background. There are strong criticisms against it, especially against its validity. Meaning whether or not some of the description is how people actually act like with the disorder in the real world. Again, this is a good place to emphasize reference material. 

 

Philosophically, the book does dehumanize people into objective mechanisms of electricity running through circuits. However, at the same time, that is what science does all the time. It has been a major issue since the beginning of science in the  modern era. So I wouldn't say it's cult like. It just seems to be any other objective layout.

Comment by James N. Dawson on March 28, 2011 at 4:26pm

Sounds very interesting.

I'm an amateur philosopher myself and I have a skeptical interest in "official", "state" psychology as a tool of social control.  I must have read too carelessly, because I thought you were studying psychology in school.  I was going to ask you what you thought of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), and how you'd balance a philosophical approach with the the official requirement that you follow the DSM, which some people have found almost cult-like.

I responded to someone here on WMZ who was planning a collaberation on mental health-anxiety issues and e-mailed her some of my own writings, but that was last August and I haven't heard from her since.  I'd mention the name she gave me in an e-mail, but I thought I'd better not.  I don't remember her WMZ name.

Have you ever seen Comyn Henry's mental health zine?  I can't remember the name at the moment.

When you finish you're zine, I'd love to see it.  Please let me know how much it is.  Thanks.

Comment by FiftySticks on March 28, 2011 at 12:14pm
This sounds like a really great way of tying things together for you! I'm having the same trouble myself with the perzine idea. I feel a need to start one, but I feel like my life just isn't good zine fodder. Has anyone else felt like this? And what did you do about it? Great idea though Dee, write it up!

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