mental health

Art Is Not Therapy

Art Is Not Therapy

Something is flattened when our understanding of art is asked to serve the logic of a medical diagnosis, which sees the messiness of the human condition as a malady to be cured.

Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
10 min read
Art and Culture
Gender-Transition Decisions Should Be Made by Families, Not the State

Gender-Transition Decisions Should Be Made by Families, Not the State

This month, the New York Times ran a two-part podcast series titled When Texas Went After Transgender Care, detailing that state’s effort to ban “elective procedures for gender transitioning, including reassignment surgeries that can cause sterilization, mastectomies, removals of otherwise healthy body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or

Lisa Selin Davis
Lisa Selin Davis
9 min read
Gender Dysphoria
A Trans Pioneer Explains Her Resignation from the US Professional Association for Transgender Health

A Trans Pioneer Explains Her Resignation from the US Professional Association for Transgender Health

On her website, Berkeley-based clinical psychologist Erica Anderson describes her mission as helping those “who have embarked upon a gender journey.” She also seeks to advance the “shared goals of social justice and transgender well-being,” and offers assistance to anyone seeking to “understand, educate, and level up as a transgender

Lisa Selin Davis
Lisa Selin Davis
11 min read
Gender Dysphoria
The Liar’s Club: Looking Back on Princeton

The Liar’s Club: Looking Back on Princeton

In 2017, I got the welcome news that I’d been admitted to Princeton University. At the time, I was ecstatic. And I remain humbly grateful for the education I received there. But now that I’ve graduated, I’m not sure the prize was worth the price I paid

Scott Newman
Scott Newman
8 min read
Academia
Madness for Decivilization

Madness for Decivilization

For much of human history, people with mental illness were thought to be possessed by gods or devils. Madness, as it was called, was believed to be supernatural, not natural. Some Greeks, including Plato, viewed mental illness as a kind of spiritual gift, a portal into new ways of seeing.

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
13 min read
Homelessness
The Creeping Orthodoxy of the Neurodiversity Movement

The Creeping Orthodoxy of the Neurodiversity Movement

It is no longer fashionable to talk about autism spectrum disorders among certain quarters of the ASD community without reference to “neurodiversity.” As an individual on the autism spectrum myself, I was once firmly planted in the neurodiversity camp. However, over time, my enthusiasm for the movement has waned, even

Bill Williams
Bill Williams
7 min read
Activism
The Victims’ Race

The Victims’ Race

On August 2nd, 2013, 14-year-old Hannah Smith of Leicestershire, England, took her own life. She had been receiving cruel messages on the social networking site Ask.fm for months, and her parents concluded that cyberbullying was the main cause of her suicide. But then evidence emerged that the hatred Hannah

Tomasz Witkowski
Tomasz Witkowski
9 min read
mental health
Time to Stop Using Suicide For Political Point-Scoring

Time to Stop Using Suicide For Political Point-Scoring

The writer and influential feminist Chidera Eggerue caused outrage recently when she callously dismissed the problem of male suicide. In response to a question she had received from an audience member about why “some men have it so hard,” Eggerue wrote in a series of tweets that she didn’t

Louise Perry
Louise Perry
8 min read
depression