Ave Maria Bamford: The Gift of Mental Illness, aka Looking at The Bright Side of Life

Maria Bamford on Mental Illness, Climate Change, Losing, Dying Young, Addiction, Being a Single Mother, Relationship Failure, Financial Ruin, Loneliness and Unspeakable Tragedy. Sounds hilarious, doesn’t it? And it is! Once the Joneses hear about the advantages of mental illness, everyone’s going to want it.

Want more good news? You probably already have a mental illness. Luckily, there’s probably a prescription medication that’s just right for you. Ask your doctor!


Consensual Reality

“The researchers at Yale were looking for a group of people who hear voices at least once a day, and had never before interacted with the mental-health-care system. They wanted to understand, as Burletta put it, those who do not suffer when ‘the mind deviates from consensual reality.’

…Every psychiatrist I spoke to shared the belief that unusual behavior should only enter into the realm of diagnosis when it causes suffering.

‘Much of what we perceive and believe about the world is based on our expectations and our beliefs,’ Corlett said.”

—Frankel, Joseph. “Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something.” The Atlantic. June 27, 2017.