He Got Mr. Robot Eyes

oh160909I love, love, love, LOVE Mr. Robot. Terrific show. Very subversive.

Another great show, apropos of nothing, is Crazy Ex-Girfriend. Rachel Bloom is going to be a superstar.

Yes, I know I watch too much television.

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4 responses to “He Got Mr. Robot Eyes

  1. Liz

    Today’s comic actually really bummed me out. ECT (electroshock therapy) is, admittedly, an extreme treatment to try, but if you get to the point where you’re willing to essentially electrocute your brain and your psychiatrist agrees that it should be tried, it means you have already tried DOZENS of other medications, therapies, acupuncture, yoga, etc. This treatment is not one that any doctor allows any patient to enter into lightly. That being said, the success rate for ECT is about 85-90%-ish. It is not “dubious.” I am being entirely honest when I say today’s strip DID NOT offend me. There was nothing offensive in today’s strip. It just hurt. I’m still going to keep reading the strip because I enjoy it, and I don’t think either T Lewis or Michael Fry was trying to be hurtful or nasty when they wrote/drew today’s strip. I just see this as a lamentable reminder that the stigma against mental health and its treatments remains strong. Undergoing ECT is not a One-Flew-Over-The-Cuckoo’s-Nest-experience or like living a scene from “Girl, Interrupted.” I know this from undergoing ECT myself last year. Hopefully this comment finds its way to Michael Fry or T Lewis just to refresh their perception of ECT, and if any fellow “Over the Hedge” readers happen to read it too, then maybe a few more people will recognize the mental health stigma they may contribute to without ever meaning any harm or malice. We all can benefit from a little more empathy in our lives. And thank you if you actually read this all the way to the end.

  2. Well, we certainly didn’t intend to bum you out. As a victim of depression and anxiety myself I appreciate and applaud any effort to de-stigmatize mental health. You’re right ECT is still in effect today and is useful for some patients and is NOT dubious. As cartoonists do, we played off a stereotype. And for that I apologize. Hope you’ll continue to keep reading Hedge and we’ll try better to be more sensitive to mental health concerns.

  3. Liz

    Wow, your reply skills are exponentially better than mine. Apology accepted, but I really did mean it when I said that I wasn’t offended/angry/indignant/whatever. Nevertheless, thank you. That being said, there’s probably good reason why ECT comes up so rarely and with a lot of gossip whispers and raised eyebrows when it does. It’s a relatively rare treatment to pursue, and a lot of people who do it keep their mouths shut about it. I can also appreciate the use of stereotypes to create comedy. If you were to meet me in person, you would see that my personal brand of humor is dry, sarcastic, and an odd sort of macabre acceptance of my treatment-resistant depression and anxiety (I was part of that ~10-15% of people for whom ECT did not work. My parents always told me I was special…) Of course I will keep reading the comic, and I hope that you were able to read my comment with the calm, inner narration voice I intended instead of what I suspect most of your feedback entails, namely a lot of anger, threats to cancel newspaper subscriptions, and exclamation points. I really am a fairly rad reader, honest. Hopefully Stephen Pastis can back me up on that point?

  4. Liz

    Out of nowhere I was hit with the thought of, “You spelled Stephan’s name incorrectly, didn’t you?” And of course I did. My apologies to Mr. Pastis. Oops.

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