Untold stories CNN …. over 9,500 brains held in collection in Denmark since 1940’s. Ethics causes indecision. Science needs to find answers but then ethics says these brains were taken from psychiatric patients without proper sanction. Personally, I believe Scientists should have access to them now … there are blunt answers to mental health still and stigma. We no longer have lobotomies, or recurrent ECT but what are the medications and their implications? Blackdog hounds me especially when routine days are interrupted by so called festivities. I fear collapse to restraint to being locked away indefinitely. Why? that is what depression is and if you can’t hold on, you just fall backwards into a hole that becomes more and more difficult to see light of any significance and the game is up when the light fails to penetrate and you are gone. I thank the team who put together this TV programme, the grandniece journalist who sought out the story … and most importantly shared it. I hope someone with the expertise can go to Denmark and the brains of so many people can be used to help find an answer to psychiatric illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar, horrid depression. Too often Anxiety in all its manifestations can be the instigator of significant depression but anxiety is ignored or scoffed as normal or something that can be overcome by exercise!

The complications of family history with manic depression; personally having same with the complication of traumatic brain injury, I had naively thought, “for the benefit of others, so they did not have to suffer the same as me” that I would gladly donate my brain to science. Following through becomes a major problem in my case so apart from contacting Trinity College Dublin and not really able to work through the process, I found this programme heart rendering. It would be my hope that someone out there would tap this incredible resource of possible answers to these appalling mental illnesses which are still treated by Stigma and incomplete processes involving medications and psychology, both of which have supported me in my existence to remain engaged and living in society without being locked up, or in a community mental health care centre, for over 20 years now.


About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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