The Hunger Games (OC)

[personal profile] lex_paciferat

Played at [community profile] thegames
Formerly security coordinator of Training Center; now promoted to Head Peacekeeper in the Capitol. Convinced that social unrest is the worst of ills, Quintus enforces order with meticulous action and deliberate tact. Though his friendly sarcasm suggests self-confidence, in reality, he's torn by the demands of his jaded pragmatism and the broken system he represents--a tension that might very well force him to take a moral stand.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

[personal profile] prepollence

An ambitious top strategist of the oppressive First Order. Groomed from childhood by his high-ranking father, Hux attained his current position through a combination of nepotism, backstabbing and bona fide brilliance. Ruthless and analytical, he approaches war from a standpoint of emotional remove, firmly believing that the regime he represents will bring prosperity and fairness to the galaxy--even if that means leaving a swath of devastation in their wake.

[personal profile] pathognomonic

A forensic scientist with the Gotham police department. Eddie's brilliance is all too often ignored due to his social ineptitude--his difficulty in picking up on emotional cues and grasping the give-and-take of conversation. For now, he maintains a cheerful demeanor through his love of his work, but the lack of respect is slowly being to grate on him--awakening a side of him more willing to bend society's rules.
Gotham (AU)

[personal profile] aggrandizement

The dark future of Edward Nygma. Following his conviction for the murder of a police officer and committal to Arkham Asylum, Eddie escaped and began a life of crime beneath the identity of the Riddler. He conducts elaborate heists, deals information, and arrogantly toys with Gotham's heroes, telling himself that he's living to his potential--and hoping, with enough repetition, he'll believe it.
The Dark Knight Trilogy

[personal profile] thegreatinhibitor

A sadistic psychiatrist-turned-criminal. After suffering a childhood filled with abuse and humiliation, Crane developed a fixation with power and synthesized a potent weapon--fear gas, a compound that incites terrifying hallucinations. Highly manipulative and cunning, he operates as a wolf in sheep's clothing, concealing his nature beneath a mild-mannered exterior and living out his fantasies beneath the freedom of a mask.
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Hopewell Psychiatric Clinic

Jeanette Pendstone, RN

Patient - conversion reaction

Don't coddle me. Don't ask me about my mother or my childhood--I'm not traumatized and I'm not sitting through any of that hocus-pocus. If it's anxiety, give me whatever pill you think'll work best. I just want to get back to my life.

Dr. Clyde Feinald


There are two things patients have been conditioned to trust--the man in the white coat and the power of the medication. I can pierce them with needles, subject them to side effects, make them cry, and they still trust me. Who the hell am I to leave their faith unrewarded?

Lena Sangrey

Patient - phobic reaction

For a while I could smile and pretend, but I'd never really come to terms with it. I figured it was my fault; maybe I could've talked him out of it. But I can't remember the last time I stood up for myself. It wouldn't have gone any other way.

Dr. Archie Rezentes


I always knew he was straight up brilliant. And I think I needed someone to believe in, you know? I had this feeling like I was still just a kid, and here was this sharp, determined guy that knew exactly what he was doing. He gave me direction.

Dr. Walter Hodgdon


If you want to get to the heart of any disorder, you have to attack the physiology. On the most fundamental level, you're a victim of your own imbalanced chemistry. You can approach it from all sorts of angles, but why not be direct?
Characters: Edward Nygma and Kristen Kringle
Canon: Gotham
Prompt: Crush
Summary: Eddie attempts to flirt.

Nobody’s going to write love songs about the brain. )
Character: Virgil and June
Canon: Original
Prompt: "I saw things you don't even want to know about."
Summary: Virgil Pent, a 1950s-era physician haunted by his time in the navy, begins breaking with tradition by treating those living in poverty in a small Southern town. After a house call goes awry, he has to teach nurse June a lesson about loss.

She stands there uselessly, an intruder on a private tragedy. )

Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, which opened in 1890 and was one of the large state hospitals in use during this period.

Psychiatry in the 1950s and early 1960s

The middle of the 20th century was an interesting time for psychiatry—it marked the introduction of the first truly effective psychiatric drugs, followed by the beginning of the deinstitutionalization movement and a shift towards a more community-based mental health care system. Whereas in the first part of the century hospitals were frequently overwhelmed by chronic cases of severe mental illness, those drugs made it possible for large numbers of those cases to be stabilized enough for them to live out in the community, and helped psychiatry gain a lot more credibility as a legitimate branch of medicine.

Here, I’ll give some general information about what the field was like, what schools of thought and therapies existed, and provide the specifics of how mental disorders were classified. I’m going to focus this post on what was present in America, because that’s what I know the most about, but rest assured that many of these branches and trends were seen in European countries as well.

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The following is adapted from Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 5th ed. (2006). It's worth noting that the guidelines given below are both modern and more oriented towards the psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives, so they will not apply to all settings or therapeutic strategies. There are a lot of excellent points here, though.

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Notes from Personality Unlimited: The Beauty Blue Book (1943)

This book is a self-help book for women written by Veronica Dengel, who describes herself as the former owner of a salon in New York. Her book covers a variety of topics, including dieting, exercise, doing hair and makeup, fashion and etiquette. It’s filled with questionable, dated (we now know boric acid is actually poisonous) and often amusing health advice (the author, for instance, believes poor eating and irregular defecating results in “toxins” building up in the body) as well as the occasional kernel of truth.

The scanned illustrations are by Sylvia Haggander. Because of the copyright date, I ask that you not use them or the photographs for any commercial purposes.

The following are some things I found particularly interesting.

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Notes from Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage (1965)

This book is a later edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette (1922) authored primarily by her grandson’s wife, Elizabeth L. Post. It’s an American book that was published in New York.

Something to keep in mind is that an etiquette manual is both a reflection of how people did behave in society and values that may or may not have been realized. I do know from personal accounts that certain things (eg, giving a lady the wall while walking down the street, opening the car door for her) were widely practiced, but it’s best to consider this more as a set of guidelines than immutable rules.

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