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AHA! Doo-Wop and Doomsday

At the risk of over planning, I will begin by telling my savvy readers what they likely already know. The “Mandela Effect” is a phenomenon in which large groups of people remember history differently than how it is currently recorded. Like many Gen-Xers, I remember the day Nelson Mandela died in prison. There were sad […]

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A Controversial Stance

You’re welcome to disagree… In 1987, I was forced into mental health care against my will. It saved my life. They were able to ascertain that I was a danger to myself or others while I was in the county jail, and moved me to county hospital. You may have read about it. I believe […]

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A Genre…At Last!

My mental health writing is straddling a line between memoir and fiction. Many people say that this is “professional suicide” for a writer. The example that they always give is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. He got his butt kicked because he classified it as a memoir, which is non-fiction and must be […]

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A really good podcast featuring Yours, Truly

I’m especially proud of this podcast that features my books. I talk about mental health issues, recovery, and stigma. It’s a fun watch, but if you’re busy, you can skim the transcript below the video. https://journeysdream.org/duncan-macleod-discusses-lived-experience-with-mental-health-challenges

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Can Love Bring Happiness?

Please note this article is solely my opinion and ideas. I will understand if you disagree with me. I must work through some serious hate and anger. Writing this post is how I can best do so. This message contains my deepest philosophical beliefs on the nature of love. My spiritual identity is ‘feral Christian.’ […]

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Madness, Mysticism, and Imagination

A psychiatrist once told me, “A psychotic is drowning in the waters where the mystic swims.” Mental health and mysticism are companions. My healing crisis was undoubtedly a spiritual awakening. I saw and did things that I had only ever read about in books like The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far […]

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The Missing Spice Girl

Here’s me, raw, a little off-key, but wailing along to former Spice Girl Melanie C’s “Never Be the Same Again” I heard this song in the park outside the Parliament Building in Tbilisi, Georgia. There was no electricity in most of the city, so the kids came down to 9 April Park and plugged in […]

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My Interview on Own Your ‘Ish with Doc April

Watch my recent interview with Doc April from Own Your ‘Ish I got deep with the Doc, talking about the many facets of mental health stigma, starting with the way doctors are forced to treat their patients, and then the worst of all, the kind we perpetuate on ourselves by echoing the dark voices of […]

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Fighting Stigma Through Literature

Another nice article came out about me on Authority Magazine. Read it here: Medium One of the tenets at the heart of my philosophy is a quote attributed to Mahatma Ghandi: The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. As someone who was once very vulnerable, […]

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The Skinny on Mental Health Stigma

Stigma begins during mental crisis and hospitalization, but its effects are far reaching. Stigma continues years afterwards. It affects the sufferers in nearly every aspect of their lives. Until it had a name, I didn’t know what was the horrible feeling that plagued me throughout my twenties. It’s called “Stigma”. Stigma is shame imposed from […]

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The Mansplainer #1

A series of articles about stuff you might already know. I won’t apologize for assuming you don’t know something I write about. When humanity was at its peak, people yearned for knowledge. Now that we are on the decline, people with knowledge are ostracized or labeled “elitists”. Today, the hoi polloi asserts its right to […]

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A short list of good things about Donald Trump

Today I read that Trump told his supporters to pipe down when they booed him on national television. He advocated that everyone should get the booster shot. Huh.  No one is all bad. As much as I couldn’t bear to listen to Trump, he did a few things during his presidency that were positive from […]

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