Gladstone -- Now in Color
Gladstone, I would like to take a minute to personally thank you for your 'Friendzone' article on Cracked. As a woman I have been called a 'slut' for saying yes, a 'prude' for saying no, and a 'bitch' on many occasions for 'friendzoning' someone or for pointing out this lose-lose situation. It is very nice to see men like yourself speak out against this type of behavior. I truly appreciate it. Lastly, to you and all of the other Cracked writers, your writing is fantastic. Keep being awesome.

wgladstone:

I cannot stop watching this. Glen Campbell sings a devastating song to his wife about living with an dying from Alzheimers. 

I cannot stop watching this. Glen Campbell sings a devastating song to his wife about living with an dying from Alzheimers. 

I know I’m a bit late on this, but it is Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014. Most of you already know this, but I am a person with lived experience with mental health diagnoses and recovery. Mental illness is very real, and very serious, and affects a large segment of the population.

Mental illness does not discriminate on race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, or on any other basis. Anyone you know, anyone you pass in the street, may suffer from mental health or substance abuse concerns.

What does discriminate is access to comprehensive community support services. I was lucky enough to grow up with access to health care, and with parents that support me in receiving treatment. Many persons don’t have access to behavioral health care, and many more do not have an environment in which it would be safe for them to come out as a person in need of help and to seek that help.

We need to challenge assumptions about what it means to be “crazy”. We need to recognize that there are persons in our lives with serious mental illness. Mental illness isn’t always visible, and many persons with it are functioning and in recovery, but we need to at all times recognize and validate the humanity of those for whom treatment has not been available, or for whom treatment has not been effective.

We don’t need mentally ill persons to lead fully-functioning lives in order to recognize the fundamental humanity of every person with mental illness. Persons in recovery are there for themselves, and to provide hope to others that it can get better. They are not there to serve as examples of the “right” way to have a diagnosis or to cope. There is no gold standard. Recovery is individual, and needs to be person-centered, not clinically restricted.

I am out as a person living with mental illness, who has struggled with anxiety, depression, adhd, process addiction, disordered eating, and self-harm, among other things. I am in ongoing recovery, and identify as such, but that does not mean that my recovery is perfect, as anyone who knows me well is well-aware. I work daily to manage symptoms and practice good self-care, while trying to simultaneously maintain a functioning academic career and rewarding social life.

So there’s my story. I am open about my own history and recovery so that it is never a secret in my life that I live with mental illness. Sharing stories is one of the best ways to make it clear to the public that mental illness is not a stereotype or something that only affects outliers. We can reduce stigma by coming forward with our stories and show that if someone has a mental health concern, that “yeah, me too, I understand, your feelings are valid”.

From my facebook page (in quote form so it doesn’t get cut off if reblogged)

Please feel free to send me your stories, and to share my post if it means something to you.

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wgladstone:

McDonald’s New McNazi Chicken Sandwich. [HATE BY NUMBERS 94]

wgladstone:

McDonald’s New McNazi Chicken Sandwich. [HATE BY NUMBERS 94]

McDonald’s New McNazi Chicken Sandwich. [HATE BY NUMBERS 94]

cracked:

You could buy that distraction for 8.2 million dollars, or follow Gladstone’s 89 cent fix.
5 Life Hacks to Class Up Your Single Guy Apartment

#5. Manage Your Garbage
Remember, you’re living alone now, and your garbage doesn’t fill up as fast. Your garbage may only be half full, but still completely vile, much like the brain of Cracked’s own Felix Clay. So what can you do? Well, I guess you could throw away your garbage every day even though it’s only one-fifths full. Another idea is save those stupid little bags they give you at the drug store or convenience shop and use those as your garbage. You’ll fill them up daily and toss them daily. Or you can do what I do: keep smaller bags handy to toss the raw meat scraps, onions, garlic, and other stuff that rots and stinks, then tie those bags up and toss them into your larger garbage.

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cracked:

You could buy that distraction for 8.2 million dollars, or follow Gladstone’s 89 cent fix.

5 Life Hacks to Class Up Your Single Guy Apartment

#5. Manage Your Garbage

Remember, you’re living alone now, and your garbage doesn’t fill up as fast. Your garbage may only be half full, but still completely vile, much like the brain of Cracked’s own Felix Clay. So what can you do? Well, I guess you could throw away your garbage every day even though it’s only one-fifths full. Another idea is save those stupid little bags they give you at the drug store or convenience shop and use those as your garbage. You’ll fill them up daily and toss them daily. Or you can do what I do: keep smaller bags handy to toss the raw meat scraps, onions, garlic, and other stuff that rots and stinks, then tie those bags up and toss them into your larger garbage.

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cracked:

One object, two powerfully different meanings.
4 Famous Movies With Deceptively Complex Symbolism

#4. The Bottle Flask in Children of Men
Clive Owen plays Theo Faron, a former activist who has become a drunken bureaucrat. Since the death of his son and subsequent divorce, he no longer cares about society. From his first introduction into the film, he carries a flask-shaped liquor bottle.
Later in the movie, Theo gets drawn into a resistance movement — that he must also flee — as he safeguards the life of perhaps the only pregnant woman on the planet. When that woman goes into labor, Theo must help deliver the child in a filthy room, and does his best to create a sanitary environment. After a quick wash, he pours out his liquor bottle to sterilize his hands. When Theo did not care about others, the flask-shaped liquor bottle represented drunk indifference, but as he begins to think of others, that same object becomes a symbol of compassion. It becomes a symbol of charity and commitment.

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cracked:

One object, two powerfully different meanings.

4 Famous Movies With Deceptively Complex Symbolism

#4. The Bottle Flask in Children of Men

Clive Owen plays Theo Faron, a former activist who has become a drunken bureaucrat. Since the death of his son and subsequent divorce, he no longer cares about society. From his first introduction into the film, he carries a flask-shaped liquor bottle.

Later in the movie, Theo gets drawn into a resistance movement — that he must also flee — as he safeguards the life of perhaps the only pregnant woman on the planet. When that woman goes into labor, Theo must help deliver the child in a filthy room, and does his best to create a sanitary environment. After a quick wash, he pours out his liquor bottle to sterilize his hands. When Theo did not care about others, the flask-shaped liquor bottle represented drunk indifference, but as he begins to think of others, that same object becomes a symbol of compassion. It becomes a symbol of charity and commitment.

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I’m so proud. I’m a man-hating, female, feminist according to this reader and all because I wrote THIS. 

I’m so proud. I’m a man-hating, female, feminist according to this reader and all because I wrote THIS