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The Ball Breakers

mental illness in pop cultureSometimes I think my “best work” is stupid. “Best” meaning people tweet it, facebook it, etc., and then I write something that I think is real, deep and dark, or honest, and people frown away.

I’m stuck in a pop culture that cares more about (so help me God I will not start name dropping tweets) so and so or TMZ malarkey.  I still don’t know what TMZ stands for.  Maybe that’s a good thing.

But, it haunts me.  We live in a web of information and things get picked up or spun or accelerated at a viral state.  Based on what?

At the end of the day, the younger generation has us by the balls. They are dictating trends, the are buying stuff that we don’t want to sell that way. And we’re trying to reach a generation that needs us but doesn’t have the chops to get our ear.

How do we educate the younger generation on mental illness, through their technology, when they don’t know that much about mental illness to begin with?

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The Ball Breakers

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2012). The Ball Breakers. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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