Saturday, February 07, 2004
posted by Thomas 9:49 PM

Friday, February 06, 2004

Thanks for posting. One of the things I'm finding is that
psychologists (including me) and neuro people have not done well in
informing the general population about such things as depression (which for
some reason is seen as stigmatizing as you point out). The APA
does a good job of this but I suspect their site is not high up on search
engines - actually a search did turn up some worthwhile sites even if it did
not hit apa. I tend to blame this on the popular media but maybe I'm
talking myself into writing something.
Damasio has a couple of books out and I'm reviewing _The Anatomy of Hope
by Groopman which should be out this month. I'd appreciate any other sources
might be aware of?

There's no rush on the dialogue. I'm months ahead on the column.

tom bell


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posted by Thomas 9:35 PM

----- Original Message -----
From: David-Baptiste Chirot
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 1:12 PM
Subject: Re: Touorette's anyone?/Jim Eisenreich

A person you might want to look into is Jim Eisenreich--very good professional baseball player--in the Major Leagues--he had Tourette's--used to be ridden mercilessly by fans as he played the outfield and they could hear him when he had his spells--swearing and making strange sounds--

he was out of baseball for a bit to get treatment, and when he returned, playing as well as ever--was giving ovations wherever he went for his courage--after the pain people hadinflicted on him--

another ball player (among many) who played with mental difficulties--many wild and bizarre episodes--Jimmy Piersall--wrote a book of his experinces, recovery and return to baseball after being in instituitons--FEAR STRIKES OUT--was made into a film starring Anthony Perkins--

You should be able to find quite a bit on Jim Eisenreich (i used to have his baseball card) as lot was written about him--saw him play many times on tv, Minnesota Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers back when the Brewers still in the American League--

>From: Vernon Frazer
>Reply-To: UB Poetics discussion group
>Subject: Re: Touorette's anyone?
>Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 15:57:27 -0500
>Actually, Tourette's isn't any one "state," but several thousand. We're
>human beings with supercharged central nervous systems. Yes, I do experience
>f rushes that allow me to experience a certain kind of manic energy that has
>elements of the ecstatic or the possessed about it. You'll find that energy
>in a lot of my writing or in my jazz poetry recordings. But I also walk
>around pretty much normally, glad for the sun and muttering about the bad
>drivers. Tourette's is a much more complicated condition than anything I've
>described on this list. I've described my own life, one hair or freckle on a
>vast body. Kirby, your next-door neighbor was an interesting example of a
>more severe case.
>Maybe I was unclear. I intended to say that I think religious experience is
>more common than we believe. You just have to find the stimulus
>---sanctified church, Coltrane solo, skydiving---that brings you to the
>ecstatic moment. It doesn't have to do with Tourette, just how certain
>experiences elevate people's passions to an exalted level.
>Robert, how can I obtain Bedford's "/ (slant)"? I'm always interested in
>seeing how accurately other authors portray people with Tourette. Most of
>the ones I've read have been pretty close, if not 100% on.

Plan your next US getaway to one of the super destinations here.
posted by Thomas 12:47 PM

(note to self: don't use the l word when writing the l--t)

I was struck by some intuitions I had at a Martin Amis reading from
"Yellow Dog." The premise of that novel is that the main protagonist,
formerly a reformed "sensitive" middle-aged man, receives a knock on the
head and begins regressing to sort of imagined neanderthal and hence the
image of a knuckle-dragging, unreformed male.

Now, the faculty from the UW have recently published research that
correlate TBI (traumatic brain injury) with depression, substance abuse,
etc. What I was struck by in the Amis' account of his protagonist was how
the character's state of mind could as easily have been the result of
depression, particularly the bigotry that he starts to spout, as if the
brain shuts down more complex modes of thinking since they lead to very
causes of the depression.

While I don't want to pathologize what I think of as aberrant modes of
thinking, nor to make depression more stigmatized--despite the press that
depression has received, it still lingers in some repressive twilight even
in our health care system, which is unfortunate because what the victim of
depression needs most is sympathetic (and comprehending) attention--but I
am curious about the nexus of TBI, substance abuse, depression, and what I
think of as anti-modernist thought.

Whew. A lot there. Please do unpack, correct, or explicate as necessary.


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posted by Thomas 12:46 PM

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Minimag out at
posted by Thomas 11:54 AM

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