Friday, January 23, 2009

"Normal's Overrated" ~ House & N.A.M.I Take On Stigma


Fox's mega-hit drama House has taken up residence with the National Alliance of Mental Illness to address the stigma of mental illness. The show is selling t-shirts with the slogan Normal's Overrated - with all benefits going NAMI. I believe, if my Internet researching is correct, that the House T-Shirt Project has netted over $300,000.000 so far.

Laurie, a truly dynamic individual, has been quite open about his clinical depression. It's always great when a high profile person can help educate and debunk mental health issues. So, kudos to Mr. Laurie, everyone at Fox and N.A.M.I.

And while we're on the topic, "What is normal anyway?"


32 comments:

Ms.L said...

I often ask myself that very question. I have no answer though.
I suspect there is no answer.
Who gets to decide what normal is
and why do they get to choose? What makes them the authority in
my(or anyone's) life?

I love the idea of those shirts,
I'd wear one with pride. What a
great idea!

It's cool,the older I get the less
I care about the things society thinks are normal. I've always been quirky,now I'm embracing that more and more and I tell you,I'm having way more fun in my life.
Also,it's helped me be less judgmental of other people:)

Casdok said...

Very good question!

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

When you find the answer to that question let me know.

Raine said...

Normal is a cycle on the washing machine

Deb S. said...

I love Raine's answer. :-)

Thanks for the info about the shirt. I'm a huge Hugh Laurie fan. When I learned of Laurie's clinical depression, it made sense as to why he nails the portrayal Gregory House. I, too, commend NAMI and Fox.

phd in yogurtry said...

Yes, I agree. Raine's comment would make a great t-shirt, too!

STAG said...

Normal is when people don't stop talking when you walk into the room.

OHN said...

I hadn't heard about this. How great is it that they are involved in this!

The show always entertains me too :)

Lisa Marie said...

I'm watching House right now... it definitely makes sense why his character is so enigmatic and real, because he can pull from real life experience. House also shows you how NOT to do things, so if anything I've learned how to not deal with my depression. Hah.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Well I sure as heck don't know what normal is especially now :( I closed down my blog so I am not sure if you got to read about my son and his drug addiction....but life will never be the same. I think depression has played a big role in his drug use.

traci said...

Normal is a setting on the dryer.

Teresa Lynne said...

I drink red wine at "Normal" room temperature.

Wanda's Wings said...

NAMI is such a great group. I'm glad they are getting the support.

Tiptoe said...

I knew about Laurie donating to NAMI, but I love the T-shirts! As a House fan, it makes complete sense!

As for normal, I think it's all individual really. What one person's "normal" is another person's "abnormal."

Hope said...

"normal" has always eluded me

Battle Weary said...

Raine beat me here! I had the same answer as her. I've ordered my shirt and will wear it proudly to school.

Anonymous said...

Is there such a thing as "normal"? I don't think so!

Donna

jumpinginpuddles said...

oh now come on deb we all know normal is........ regular income nice house nice car nice money nice friends nice life no mental illness no one associated with mental illness no one knowing anything about anything bad see normal is just plain nice............sorry scuse me whilst i vomit ;)

Awake In Rochester said...

That's cool! Let's bring depression out of the closet.

What is normal? Well, I was going to ask you the same question. ;)

therapydoc said...

Right on. I just love Monk, and most people agree he would not be nearly as adorable without his OCD.

therapydoc said...

On the other hand, to say that it's fun to be Monk wouldn't be right, either.

Carrie said...

Now I have another reason to love that show!

The more we share with society that "normal" is just a setting on the washing me, the better off we will all be.

liliannattel said...

It's a setting on the washing machine.

Dr. Deb said...

I ordered my shirt too! Great cause. Great show. And imo, there is no such thing as "normal".

frost said...

Normal is the absolute absence of extraordinary conditions.

Dr. Deb said...

Frost,
Now that is a great definition.

Marj aka Thriver said...

There is no such thing as normal. So, none of us have to aspire to be it. Whew! What a relief!

Clare said...

Good question Deb and one I often contemplate. I'm sure if you found the answer it would make you a fortune :).

Hope all is well with you.

Anonymous said...

credit where it is due... "Normal Is Just a Setting on the Dryer", is the title of a short, but very fun/humorous book by Erma Bombeck. Covers life and being a mother with inspiration, and great wit and humor.

For me, normal only applies to body temperature. All the rest I call my Life. :) The good, the bad and the ugly. (another good movie.)

CrackerLilo said...

I *hate* House. As I whine to my wife, who likes the show, "It's like he just tortures people, and why would women go for him like that?" I find myself liking it much better now, though--and I want one of those T-shirts! Thanks for publicizing it!

spynster57 said...

Oh boy, now I can feel good about all the hours I've spent watching House. I was hooked right from the beginning. I'm going to order one of the shirts today! (CrackerLilo - the attraction has to do with the "bad boy" syndrome, and those blue eyes.) Oh my.

Dr. Deb said...

Anon,
Thanks for the Erma B. reference. You are right, authorship should always be recognized. I miss Erma and her witty writing.

Cracker,
The character definitley has interpersonal issues, but with his interventions resulting in the saving of life, the audience can overlook it.

Spynster,
Yes, his blue eyes are rather dreamy.

And everyone else,
Thanks for sharing your comments.