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About Alistair McHarg, Author of Funny in the Head

My name is Alistair McHarg and my mental health humor blog, “Funny In The Head”, is a weekly feature here at HealthyPlace. The goal is to help us all discover and rediscover the fundamental absurdities and humor in the challenges we face and overcome. I believe seeing the humor in our trials is a key ingredient of recovery and health.

alistair-mcharg-mental-health-humorI have been battling Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) and substance abuse issues for 40+ years and have logged many an hour in mental hospitals and police stations. Since I’m convinced that rigorous honesty is the secret to lasting mental health, I write exclusively from personal experience.

Humor writing has been a lifelong passion. My bipolar memoir, Invisible Driving, is an irreverent, unprecedented view inside this bizarre, misunderstood world. I have also written two satirical novels, Moonlit Tours and Washed Up. My website www.alistairmcharg.com is updated daily, you can also find me on Facebook. For cattywhumpus wit and wisdom, follow my alter ego, @TazMopula, on Twitter.

Funny in the Head – Welcome Video

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You can also find Alistair McHarg on Google+ and Twitter.

10 thoughts on “About Alistair McHarg, Author of Funny in the Head”

  1. Love the snorty giggle at the end of the vlog – you rock. Am fascinated that the voice over is female. Does this mean you see your bipolar as the opposite gender to yours? I have two voices for my bipolar; Igor is the lugubrious depression and Ivy is the climbing-the-walls-then-jumping-off-the-top mania. Interested to know if others distance themselves from this condition by creating characters. Do you?
    Glad I found your blog – love the humour (yep, we use the UK spelling here in Australia. Go figure!). We need more guffaws in our lives. Thanks

    1. Thanks for visiting, and especially for writing! – The voice-over was done strictly for comedic purposes. – Your question is fascinating. (You might read Invisible Driving, my bipolar memoir, for the best answer.) I don’t have named identities for the two states, but I will say that they are like worlds – they have their own language, currency, customs, etc. — My dear Aussie friend Jim Bishop (great site – Finding Optimism) tells me I have “a few roo’s loose in the upper paddock” – does that sound right to you?

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  3. Thanks to all of you for being so welcoming – HP is a great place and I am delighted to be part of the scene. I hope you’ll continue to chime in and let me know how I’m doing. A

  4. Much luck Alistair. I enjoyed the uniqueness of your video and totally agree with your point about the positive elements of humor. The only time I found humor getting in the way was in using it too much during therapy. I was able to distract me and my therapist(s) from grabbing the pieces of the disease that were interfering with my recovery. Please feel free to give your thoughts to that. And, again, good luck. I’ll be checking in when I can.

  5. Welcome to HealthyPlace, Alistair! I’m excited about reading your posts … I do so love to laugh. 🙂

    Holly Gray, author of Dissociative Living

  6. Hi
    This looks interesting and I’m looking forward to reading your blog. I agree that humor is a great tool for battling mental illness. It’s one I try to use as much as I can on my site, although I have to admit that it goes missing sometimes when depression’s clouds descend.

  7. Alistair, Congrats my friend your your new blog. I look forward to your posts and I’m bookmarking the site right now. As always feel free to post any of my cartoons you like, just link them back to my site..

    Chato

  8. I look forward to reading your blog. I believe laughing at myself is helpful. I would rather laugh than cry. I also have bipolar and my family doesn’t alway get the humor, it upsets them and I’m sorry for that but I won’t stop.

    Michele

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