Three years ago, Brandi Bird began experiencing some terrifying delusions. They believed their neighbour was building a bomb, their step-mom had been replaced, and people everywhere were out to harm them. Only recently did Brandi realize that what they experienced was psychosis—a highly stigmatized mental illness, and one we rarely talk about. In this ep, Brandi chats with Mica about what may have triggered their psychotic break, how they sought treatment in the psych ward, and the link between OCD and eating disorders. Brandi also discusses poetry, Indigeneity, the problem with words like "resilience." Also: buy Brandi's chapbook. It's called "I Am Still Too Much" (Rahila's Ghost Press) and it will knock your socks RIGHT OFF!
Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Seventy-Four: Powerful, Terrifying Brains: Brandi Bird Talks Psychosis and OCD
“It's Canadian, feminist, and one of my favourite things ever.”
—bucketofrhymes, "29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading", Buzzfeed Books
Room relies on subscriptions from readers like you. Help us continue to promote and support diverse women and genderqueer authors and artists by subscribing today.
More from the Interview Room
More on Room Magazine
Currently on Newsstands
Room 42.2, Borderlands
Edited by Rebecca Russell
In this issue:
Selina Boan, Jenna Butler, Leonarda Carranza, Carolina Corcoran, Šari Dale, Marisol Diaz, Sarah Ens, Paola Ferrante, Katie Fewster-Yan, Hannah Hackney, Lori Hahnel, Natalie Homer, Liz Iversen, Jac Jenkins, Jaslyn Marshall, Laura McGavin, Emily McKibbon, Alessandra Naccarato, Ezi Odozor, Caitlin Prince, Rebecca Salazar, Ellie Sawatzky, Alysia Sawchyn, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Josephine Sloyan, Tanya R. Ward, jiaqing wilson-yang, Elana Wolff.