Everything that happens in our lives (and all our encounters with psychiatry) are SITUATIONAL. Always. There is no such thing as a clinical depression without a “situation.” That is a ludicrous and destructive fantasy. The same is true for anyone with any diagnosis. Schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, OCD. We all have stories and context. Diagnosis try to strip that away from us. The fact is EVERY single person with a diagnosis has an individual, unique story and context. Everything matters. Diagnosis (as currently most frequently used) are reductionistic lies that try to remove us from the fabric of our lives. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
“Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival. And in some ways, I don’t think you can appreciate the glory of life unless you also know the dark side of life” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
A personal experience of hearing voices: – – More on this topic on Beyond Meds: Hearing voices: living and thriving as voice hearers Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis Madness as a reckoning of one’s own psyche. Yes.
I first entered the psychiatric world in the middle of a life-transforming spiritual awakening which had gotten catalyzed because of intense emotional abuse from a psychopathic father. Spiritually emerging into a more expansive and whole part of myself, I was beginning to recognize the dreamlike nature of the universe, a universe in which we were all inseparably interconnected with each other. I was so enthusiastic about my realizations that the anti-bliss patrol got alerted and I got put into psychiatric hospitals, where I got (mis)diagnosed and medicated out of my mind such that my spiritual awakening got extinguished and I felt traumatized—literally, made sick—by the treatment I received. While I was under the “care” of psychiatry, it was a waking nightmare: the more I was solidified in the role of being the sick one, the sicker I got, which in a diabolically self-perpetuating feedback loop, only confirmed to the psychiatrists how “sick” I truly was. After the “treatment” I received from the psychiatric system, I became truly sick. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
By Jon Keyes
Mental health herbalism is the practice of working with herbs and other plants to improve well being, develop keener insight into patterns of imbalance and to reduce emotional distress. As a licensed professional counselor and herbalist, I often incorporate the use of herbs for helping people to get stronger and feel better. I have seen herbs improve mental health and I have also seen herbs bring profound insights that help a person work through emotional knots. Plants not only work on a physical level, they are able to transform people emotionally and spiritually as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Baths have been one of the most consistently helpful therapeutic practices I’ve used since I became ill with protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal. For a few years it was a daily and sometimes twice daily way I managed. A bath with the right ingredients can take the edge off of all manner of painful and debilitating symptoms. Sometimes just briefly, but when you’re living in the moment, out of necessity, that is enough. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I got an email from Thomas Fallon. He submitted the below photograph (self-portrait). I thought it was powerful and that too many of us know what that image is conveying. It’s hard for me to look at, but I’ve been there. Have you? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Both watching and listening intently to this video is well worth it. Enjoy. I suggest making it full screen too. It’s a powerful and mesmerizing few minutes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The thing that strikes me most about this is the idea that we must be true to ourselves and in that we must be willing to feel. If we are not willing to feel all the ways we’ve been hurt and to acknowledge to ourselves that pain we cannot heal. It is an abandonment of self to not feel. It made me think of this article which I’ve always loved and in fact the title has become a mantra of sorts for when I am facing any difficulty…physical, emotional or spiritual, actually … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The truth is most people perceive in their bones the vast vacancies in which they swim and they therefore cling to distraction, drugging and denial as much as possible. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Jacqui Dillon is the National Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England. She has also helped develop HVN USA and has been involved in our Facilitator Trainings.
I love this because I’ve often viewed my healing process to simply not be just about me. It’s about all of us. It is for all of us too. And I also could not have done it without the constant communication with all of you out there. This has been a relationship process even when I’ve had to go deep into myself and spend most time alone.… [click on title for the rest of the post]
This is just really cool and the universe is part of our wondrous environment and a reason to be grateful we’re alive (as far as I’m concerned.) … [click on title to read and view more]
Lovers know there are roses in the bloody veil of love; they live astounded by Love’s matchless beauty. The intellect says, “The six directions are blocked!” Love says, “There’s a way!” Intellect sees a market and starts to haggle; Loves sees thousands of markets beyond that market. How many mystic martyrs hidden in Love’s soul […]
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The world’s leading researcher of self-compassion and founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion program explains the core features of self-compassion. … [click on title to read and view more]
I’m utterly amazed at how many more professionals now read and share my work all over social networks…it’s incredible how much has changed since I first started doing this sort of work… I see things change everyday and am constantly motivated because the one thing I do see, always, is change…
The monolith which is the system may take more time, but change is everywhere…in every one of us always…
And if I didn’t think I could help folks heal and change etc, I wouldn’t get up in the morning, frankly. I’ve seen 1000s of folks get better after being harmed. I need nothing else to keep on inspiring others do the same. Healing is by it’s nature, also, change… [click on title to read and view more]
Lauren speaks with Tami about the effectiveness of combining energy medicine techniques with yoga, how these practices can release trauma, and on-the-spot techniques to calm the fight-or-flight response.
I’ve learned to do similar sorts of release work for myself with the combination of practices I utilize (and now that I’ve been following this sort of work for many years). The more one works with the body and mind in movement and meditation the more this sort of thing becomes intuitive and self-directed. The body speaks to us. Always. We need only to learn to listen. … [click on title to read and view more]
WOW! ‘Deadly Medicines & Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in British Medical Association book awards
This is amazing news. The British Medical Association gave first place to a book that is scathingly critical of the health care system. Things are definitely changing in the right direction. There is evidence of this often now even while there is plenty of reason to still be very concerned as psychiatry continues to harm. … [click on title to read and view more]
When I was reading this book while still in college I can’t imagine I really had a clue what Bernadette Robert’s was talking about, but I did find it fascinating. I’ve been enjoying revisiting Bernadette Roberts lately. … how many can honestly appreciate the triumph of being common? Who can understand what it means to learn […]
#12 from the IT GETS BETTER series
JANUARY 10, 2012
I don’t often talk about the numerous, odd and often acute aches and pains we who’ve been harmed by drugs often experience as a result of the iatrogenic damage from taking and then withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. … [click on title to read and view more]
By Matt Licata
The aliveness, presence, and connection you are longing for will only ever found in the very center of every feeling, emotion, and sensation you have disowned and disconnected from up until now. The long-lost, orphaned pieces of your achy, tender heart are assembling around you; do you feel them? Listen carefully; open your senses to majestic somatic vastness. Stay close to these ones for they are secret jewels of the darkness. Dare to see that everything here is path that that staying fully embodied to your vulnerability in all its forms is your only yoga now. And that it is through this yoga that the path of metabolization by wild love will unfold and illuminate inside you, bringing your heart alive, and revealing your intimacy with all things. … [click on title to read and view more]
Ekhaya is a Peer Counselor in the Community Links Program in Brooklyn, New York that serves 18 to 25 year old clients, many of whom have had a first episode psychotic break. She works five days a week at Community Links, lives in a small apartment in Harlem and on the weekends takes a bus to Baltimore to spend weekends with her teacher, a Sangoma in the South African lineage. As you will see from Ekhaya’s interview she has come a long way from a history of child abuse through “Psychosis” to become an effective Peer Counselor. Her experience includes attempts at suicide, hospitalization, finding help at a Peer Recovery Center, and finding her spirituality through her African lineage. … [click on title to read and view more]
Community means caring: caring for people. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says: ‘He who loves community destroys community: he who loves the brethren builds community.’ A community is not an abstract ideal. We are not striving for perfect community.
Community is not an ideal: it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we would want them to be. Community means giving them space, helping them to grow. It means also receiving from them so that we too can grow. It is giving each their freedom; it is giving each other trust; it is confirming but also challenging each other. We give dignity to each other by the way we listen to each other, in a spirit of trust and of dying to oneself so that the other may live, grow, and give. … [click on title to read and view more]
Some of the highlights in brief:
• Healing as a process of learning to live well.
• Anger and other emotions.
• The danger of the power of psychiatrists
• Iatrogenic illness discussed: illness as the result of a physician’s action
• Taking your health into your own hands.
• Power of nutrition
• Creating community online and Monica’s personal community and more… … [click on title to read and view more]
By Krista MacKinnon
I’ve worked in the mental health system for twelve years now, and prior to that was a patient for three. My family was educated to believe that I would be sick my whole life, and that they should have very little hope for my future. When I became a family counsellor, I vowed to never “educate” anyone in such a way. Since then, I’ve watched “Recovery” grow from a subversive whisper to a full-blown growing paradigm in mental health services. Countries have adopted Recovery and implemented its model into their health care planning, academics have studied it and written thousands of articles in peer reviewed journals, organizations have restructured and reorganized their teams to reflect it’s principles, and brave everyday people have told their personal recovery stories to friends, colleagues, conferences, and the media. Recovery is a strong political force, a narrative, a system, a way of life, and a tool. So why then, has this incredible force of “Recovery” not leaked its way over to Family Education? As far as we’ve come (and I mean that as a global community) why are our most intimate loved ones still being educated in old school reductionist ways of thinking about what gets called “mental illness” “Schizophrenia” or “Bipolar Disorder”? Why are there still support groups for families out there where the facilitator thinks it is perfectly okay for families to strategize and brainstorm together ways to sneak their loved ones their medications to “keep them well” or “prevent relapse”? … [click on title to read and view more]