Thursday, May 28, 2015
This is a mental health zine about living with bad depression and anxiety. The first half is about struggling and shows a progression through time. Miz tries different medications and gives updates, talks about her relationship with her husband, talks about trying to help herself.
The second half is more theoretical and talks about oppression. Miz quotes scholarly texts and talks about grad school.
I loved this zine, both halves. And I forgot to mention the expressive, beautiful, and strange drawings throughout. They add a lot. I wish I made zines more like this.
I would like to give you an example of the intelligence of this zine. I am upset about people talking shit about self-care. I've heard a lot of that lately, and I am in opposition.
But Miz's analysis made me see the other side more clearly. I would like to quote an important passage.
"but i also feel like the implication is that there is something wrong with me and with what i have been doing that is causing all my problems. as if my depression has just arisen from me not taking care of myself my whole life. i am missing something else though, a part of this puzzle of getting better, another piece of understanding that would let me connect with people over these issues or situate my experience within a broader social context. i hate feeling as though my problems are entirely my own doing and that it's my personal responsibility to transform myself into the right kind of person."
I find this passage brilliant and giving voice to something very important.
And the whole zine's like this.
Highly recommended for all fans of mental health zines and everyone who likes insight.
Review by Laura-Marie