Welcome! Whether you’re a return reader or someone who might become a new friend, it’s great that you dropped by.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Catie Morrison, aka Dysthymia Bree. I’m a middle-class, white Australian woman of the 21st century, which makes me one of the luckiest people ever to have lived on this planet. I love plants (especially trees), have a couple of degrees under my belt, love drinking tea and reading speculative fiction. Oh, and I also happen to live with depression and an anxiety disorder, which sometimes disrupts my life to the extent that I need to go to hospital.
And that last point – which is only one of the many things which define me – is what this blog is dedicated to: living with mental illness and, when possible, laughing along with it. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever spent time in a private psychiatric hospital or clinic in Australia (and, in 2009-2010, over 222,500 patients were admitted with mental health-related problems) I bet you’ve laughed – at least once! I mean, you’re living in a place where normal is … well, not normal. And sometimes, if you step back and look at that, it can be outright hilarious.
Of course, this site does not make light of the very real suffering of mental ill-health. There are times when that black dog’s claws dig so deep that laughter seems not only impossible, but sacrilegious. In that case, I hope that some of the stories which will be told here may provide hope, even solace.
My dream is that this blog will become a place where people can appropriately share their stories. “Appropriately” here means preserving the privacy of others and protecting your privacy as a contributor. In particular, I would draw your attention to the Mental Health Consumer Outcomes Task Force, which states that: “mental health consumers have a responsibility to respect the human worth and dignity of other people.” In short, if you’re going to libel someone, do it elsewhere. I practice a strict moral code when posting here: what I post here is true, to the best of my knowledge, and anonymity is likewise protected.
Please take a moment to read this site’s Disclaimer, then settle back to enjoy finding joy in hell.