Mental disorders are common in the United States. In a given year, approximately one quarter of adults (26.2%) are diagnosable for one or more disorders, and one in ten adults are diagnosable for a mood disorder (9.5%). Mood disorders are those that affect the mood or emotional state (e.g. bipolar and depressive disorders). With these statistics, playing smart is advantageous to all of us. This is a useful class no matter what your experience and exposure is with mental illness.
In this class, you’ll answer some of these questions: Is it symptom, stigma or snark? How do I discuss mental illness in negotiation and aftercare? What tools does the psychiatric community have to offer kinky players? How can I use my mental illness to an advantage with my play? How can I be a compassionate play partner and offer great aftercare to my partners with mood disorders? This class will be part lecture, part discussion and part tips and tricks.
The class is held at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission between 9th and 10th St, at Grace St. (alley.)
Note: Society of Janus programs are open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal positive interest in BDSM. You do not need to be a member to attend.
About the Presenter
Cynthia is a Spring 2011 graduate of the San Francisco Sex Information’s Sex Educator Training. She has served the community in a variety of roles, most often bringing the vanilla to the kinky and vice versa. In her non-kinky life, she has personal and professional experience with mental illness. Though not a clinician, she has worked in a best practices psychiatric mood disorders clinic and has learned to adapt tools to enhance her personal BDSM play experiences, such as perverting the National Institute for Mental Health mood charts for predicting patterns and creating best play outcomes.
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