I tried to explain my attraction to “crack-up,” with its suggestion of a psyche in fragments, of something whole that had come apart. I preferred it to “breakdown,” which in some cases denoted nothing stronger than being reduced to tears. “Mental illness,” the term accepted as correct by almost everyone, was out of the question: it covered every disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, including premature ejaculation and cannabis-induced disorder.
I applaud the courage and humble honesty of Sinead O’Connor who was on the Oprah show talking about having been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and the tumult that she has endured for years with it. The good news for O’Connor is that she is now on medication and feels that the combination of medication and [...]