Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness: A Personal History of the World’s Most Misunderstood Illness

For the last three years, I’ve worked on a personal research project; an effort to summarize the history, biology, and social implications of FND. It tells some of my own story and experience with the condition too. And now, it’s out: “Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness” is published on Medium. My whole heart went into this,Continue reading “Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness: A Personal History of the World’s Most Misunderstood Illness”

Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness: The Bibliography

This is the list of sources for my forthcoming article “Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness.” Please note that while I may have drawn on these sources in the writing of the article, that doesn’t mean that I agree with the claims of every source cited here – only that they contributed to my current understanding ofContinue reading “Cadenza for Fractured Consciousness: The Bibliography”

How Did We Get Hysteria So Wrong? A Freewheeling Tour Through 2,000 Years of Screwing Up

This post, originally published in 2019, is my summary of Hysteria history and why I think we are now poised to understand functional disorders more properly for the first time. It is the result of about a year spent combing through sources ranging from the Handbook on Clinical Neurology to scholarly work on ancient Greek gynecology (seriously) and early 20th century “war neuroses.” I would like to take a moment to thank the librarians and archivists who assisted with finding sources, or alternately, didn’t notice that I wasn’t really supposed to be there. Enjoy!