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A Graphic Novelist Writes About Mental Illness and Science: Blog Review

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Daryl Cunningham is a graphic novelist who also writes a blog – Daryl Cunningham Investigates (there is also a Twitter account here). This is a Blogspot Blog which can be navigated via the ‘older posts’ link at the bottom of the page or the chronological index (by month and year) on the left side of the page. There is a blogroll on the left side of the page and also links to two books that Cunningham has published – ‘Science Tales’ and ‘Psychiatry Tales‘. Being a graphic novelist, Cunningham makes his graphic stories a central feature of the blog posts. By telling a story with a combination of effective graphics and a punchy narrative Cunningham is able to easily engage his audience.

Cunningham has worked on an acute psychiatric ward as a health care assistant and in training to be a mental health nurse. He is able to bring some of his insights together with his talents to raise awareness about mental illness. For instance in this post, Cunningham writes about subtypes of Dementia. Cunningham’s has a background in art and works in different media including animation. Cunningham has an inspirational story to tell about himself and his experience in overcoming depression. Cunningham is multitalented and communicates both academic science issues and mental health issues with a subtle mastery of the graphic novel medium.

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Blogs Reviewed

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

A Psychiatrist’s Insights into Creative Design for Presentations: Blog Review

Psychiatrist Dr George Dawson’s ‘Real Psychiatry Technical‘ blog focuses on education and relates to the more detailed ‘Real Psychiatry‘ blog. The first post in March 2012 explains the origins of the blog. What is immediately striking about the blog is the layout. Many of the posts are minimalist creations with just enough text to explain the central diagrams which are visually appealing. Dr Dawson explains that he has been creating original diagrams for presentations and this blog is a journal of his findings.

I found many of the posts not only interesting but very useful as there are tips on producing diagrams using various software tools.

  • For instance this post looks at the incredibly useful Cmap tools.
  • The PubMed tool to create diagrams of chemical compounds is also useful and discussed in this post.
  • Dr Dawson’s Power Point slide on the Neurobiology of Addiction shows both his artistic flair and the potential for Power Point as a creative tool.

The Real Psychiatry Technical blog is well worth a look and offers creative tips which will particularly appeal to lecturers.

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

Blog Resources on Sigmund Freud (Last Updated 7.4.12)

Sigmund Freud’s contributions to Psychiatry have been very significant. Starting in his career as a neurologist, he trained under the renowned neurologist Charcot who introduced him to hypnosis. He developed his own psychoanalytic theory to explain the mind and introduced this model in the classic ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ (Die Traumdeutung). Freud continued to develop his psychoanalytic theory throughout his life and was a prodigious and a writer who has had a profound cultural influence.

Article Reviews

The Relevance of Freud to Modern Psychiatry

Book Reviews

Introducing Freud

The Interpretation of Dreams

The Future of an Illusion

Blog Reviews

Sigmund Freud – The Blog

An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.