Just a quick review of things I’ve read, watched or listened to recently and loved:
- Take Your Pills: Keegan and I heard about this Adderol documentary a few days before it’s release on Netflix. We watched it a few weeks ago, and wow, is it insightful. Some people criticized Netflix’s advertising, as if the commercials would make more folks wanna try it, but I don’t buy it. I appreciated their thorough investigation from so many angles: Kids that were raised on Adderol, parents that enjoyed the drug’s effects on their children, parents that regretted using the drug, athletes, college students and many others. Take Your Pills hones in on a dangerous epidemic in our country removed from the opiate crisis, one that flies under the radar and doesn’t receive as much attention. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in Adderol, Vyvanse, Ritalin and performance enhancing drugs. It will open your eyes and make you think twice before trying stimulants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Xebo1pngM
- Get Out: This movie deserves its own post, which I’ll work on tomorrow. I feel so behind the times; we didn’t watch Get Out till a few nights ago, and afterwards we were left trying to fit all of these symbolic pieces together. In short, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in a really long time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRfnevzM9kQ
- Oprah interviewing Stephen Colbert: I check in once a week for new Super Soul Conversations, and this one did not disappoint. Take a listen to two of my favorite celebrities chatting about life, politics and comedy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxN8aiYAVz0
- Oprah on 60 Minutes: Yes, I’m featuring Oprah twice, because she’s awesome. I so appreciated her interview on 60 Minutes, which talked about trauma informed care and trauma in children lives. I was reminded of the Aces Quiz, which I hadn’t taken in years. Oprah’s emphasis on childhood trauma and the role it plays in our lives has me re-evaluating my past experiences and reconsidering some of my client’s surface diagnoses. Sure, something may present as depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder, but could the underlying cause be trauma? Absolutely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF20FaQzYUI
- The Handmaid’s Tale: I’m only two episodes in so far, but it’s good. I gained access to my friend’s Hulu account last week, and now we can finally catch up. The Handmaid’s Tale is not exactly something you binge. The twists and turns my stomach endures are something to be processed, something you can chew on before continuing the series. The totalitarian nature of the plot is hard to watch but important in the midst of the “me too” movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJTonrzXTJs
- Brain on Fire: I avoided this book for a while, because it’s based on a true story. And after 7 months of interning at the Acute Treatment Unit in town, reliving someone’s mental breakdown wasn’t exactly something I wanted to read. It hit too close to home. It reminded me of the dozens of people I served, so desperate for help and to return to normal. Brain on Fire recounts Susannah Cahalan’s experience of physically and mentally decompensating at a rapid and dramatic pace. I won’t give away any spoilers; if you want to know what happens, you’ll have to read it for yourself. And as I’m writing this, I’ve stumbled across a TedTalk I didn’t even know existed! Follow the link here if you’re interested, but I can’t guarantee no spoilers, because I still need to watch it lol. Cahalan’s biography served as a grim reminder that just because the problem appears to be one thing, doesn’t mean it is. As a clinician, Brain on Fire reminded me that we really don’t know shit, and we purely do the best we can do when it comes to diagnosing clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfteHaKj8yc
- The 4 Tendencies: I have yet to read the whole book, but I caught Gretchen Rubin’s interview on the Good Life Project and took her personality quiz. Rubin asserts that everyone can be divided into 4 categories: Upholders, questioners, obligers and rebels. The tendencies refer to how you respond to internal and external expectations. I scored as a questioner, but I really do believe it depends on the circumstances. At work sometimes I feel like an obliger, but in my personal life I definitely lean towards a questioner. Here’s the quiz if you’re curious.
- MGMT’s new album: Little Dark Age exceeded my highest expectations. By a groups third or 4th album, it’s kind of normal for their music to begin to suck, to put it bluntly. But with Little Dark Age, this isn’t the case. Pretty much every track is great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtL5oMyBHPs
- Standup comedy: Netflix is delivering some good stuff lately. Sometimes the comedy section is hit and miss, but lately every performer I’ve watched is hilarious. From Gad Elmaleh to Joe List and Gina Yashere, these up-and-comers give old school stand-ups a run for their money. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQHUX1oK4ZM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cTS8bNDImU
- Culture Shock: This dude may be my favorite find of 2018 so far in terms of music. I found him on Spotify somehow; he was a related artist of someone, can’t remember who. Maybe it was Brookes Brothers. In any case, his music makes him worthy of a cameo on my gym playlist. Culture Shock gets me pumped and renews my faith in dnb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRzPoYYaSM0
Honorable Mention: Nailed It
I found this cooking show on Netflix that chronicles peoples difficulties in the kitchen. Three people that can’t cook are brought onto an episode to compete and replicate whatever it is the judges want them to make. The funniest episode is the one where they have to make a mold of Donald Trump. One woman scrapped her chances at $50,000 to roast his ass on national television. The results on each episode had me rolling in hysterics.
My favorites on the list? Take Your Pills, Get Out and Brain on Fire. I’ll write more in a few, but in the meantime, here’s this: