Ruminations on Madness, by "N." N is a PhD candidate who identifies herself as having schizophrenia. Why not just say "PhD candidate who has schizophrenia"? Apparently, things are not so simple. In one post, she brings up a set of "binaries," one of them being: "If a person is working on a PhD, then that person cannot possibly have schizophrenia or that it is somehow not serious" vs "If a person has schizophrenia then that person should not be working on a PhD."
Interesting. A lot of crazy stuff gets said about bipolars (that's me), but this isn't one of them.
N shares many of the same reservations I have about Whitaker, namely that he raises important issues but that he is prone to misrepresenting scientific studies to make a point. She would have been entirely justified in discrediting Whitaker entirely, but instead simply holds him accountable. How refreshing.
N applies her same highly nuanced sensibility to breaking down a whole range of complex issues - scientific, social, philosophical. In addition, she has just started a spin-off blog, Schizophrenia Research.
Quality bloggers have a tendency to burn out before their blog acquires the necessary traction, and I would hate to see this happen to N. You might want to pay her a visit and drop an encouraging note.