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BDSM and Mental Illness: WHAT IS CRAZY?
The Children of Lilith Temple
Los Angeles, CA
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Being differently pleasured is difficult enough without the stigma of mental illness, but when they are combined, the obstacles to healthy relationships and happiness can be daunting. So let's start by looking at the facts.  The ONE thing that BDSM and Mental Illness have in common is the stigma - and that's it. It is estimated that 26.2% of Americans suffer from Mental Illness - that's 57.7 million people.

Furthermore, 8-11% of the population engages in BDSM. So naturally, a percentage of them will suffer from mental illness.  Correlation isn't causation, so join us as we tease them apart in a discussion of Mental Illness and how it affects the BDSM community in terms of their access to help, treatment, and understanding from family, friends and peers. 
Whether you're a Pro-Domme or in the lifestyle, the odds are, you, or someone you know, suffer from mental illness. If you're a sufferer, you may have problems getting the health care you need. You may have trouble confiding in people and getting support. If you're in the profession, every time you do a session, there is a 1 and 4 chance that the person you're doing a session with has some form of mental illness, or you may be battling it yourself. You need to know how to play safely from both perspectives.  Come join an interesting & thought-provoking discussion that will challenge your belief systems and open up new possibilities for understanding and treatment.
This Class is a companion class to "Neurology of the Kinky Brain 1.0". It's not required you attend, but we do highly recommend that you do, as it may be hard to follow if you haven't.

Some of the topics we'll explore will be:  

1. Identifying and defining mental illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, MMD, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, Bipolar, Aspergers, Schizophrenia, NPD, Psychopathy, Sociopath, and more  

2. The difference between Mental Illness and Insanity. Dealing with the "Delusion Bubble"  

3. When is someone dangerous, and how to keep yourself safe in an age of internet stalkers.  

4. Creating a "Safe Space" takes on new meaning in this context. Use the DBT intimacy circle to
achieve it.  

5. What forms of therapy are best if you're kinky?  

6. To medicate or not to medicate? Make an informed decision after you learn about the different kinds of medications and their pros and cons.  

7. What is Duel Diagnosis and why is it referred to as being a "Double Winner"   

8. How to destigmatize mental illness. How SM can bring catharsis and healing.  

9. The  Pro-Domme often wears the therapist hat. While this gives many a sense of meaning and purpose, it may also give them "caretaker's burnout". We'll give you a few tips on how to spot it before it gets out of hand, and how to treat it if you're already there.  

Moderator: Mss. Tara Indiana
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This event is being held at a Private Dungeon. There will be no signs or markers on the building. The location and address for the class is: Indiana Productions ltd 2228 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd Unit 5 Los Angeles, CA 90033 Cross Street is Breed 1. The building is all black with a Beauty School on the street level 2. To the left of the Beauty School is the entrance to the building and a call box. 3. Key the up arrow till 5, select 5 and hit the bell or # button on the call box and we will buzz you up 4. Our Unit is #5 and it is all the way in the back of the building 5. The Bathroom is in the Hallway before our unit. If you need to use the bathroom, please do so before signing in for class MAKE SURE YOU ARE AT THE RIGHT DOOR BEFORE YOU KNOCK! DO NOT KNOCK ON ANY OTHER PEOPLES DOORS! Please be respectful of our neighbors. Don't make noise, gather or talk in the common areas; hallways, lobby, elevators, etc. Day of phone number: 917 642 0034 DRESS CODE: street clothes - NO FETISH ATTIRE! This is a class. PARKING: Street parking is free on Sunday or there are lots at: 318 N Breed St (cross street Cesar Chavez) OR 247N S Chicago Street (cross street Cesar Chavez) Both are 50 cents an hour, 2.50 for the day, and free after 9:30PM. We strongly recommend parking for the day THIS IS A FULLY VACCINATED EVENT! BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION!


The Children of Lilith Temple (View)
Boyle Heights Area EXACT ADDRESS with TICKET
Los Angeles, CA 90033
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness
Social > Adult
Social > Dating
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No



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