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My 6 year anniversary off psych drugs: How I made it through the darkest times

Today is my anniversary off a huge psych drug cocktail I’d been on for 20 years. There are also additional important comments below the video. In the video I speak to the inner resources that kept me going. I want to add here that I also was privileged to have a safe home and 24/7 hour care when I was bedridden and unable to leave the house for anything at all. Both the home and the care were provided for me by my husband. No one else in my life, including most of my close family had a clue what we were dealing with. I have to believe if they did they would have done more. The fact is there is nothing in society to help those who love us to understand what we are going through. …

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What about supplements and the highly-sensitive body

Below is a response I wrote to someone about supplements for the highly sensitive body. Many of us who come off of psychiatric drugs develop hyper-sensitivities to many substances and foods. Many of us are highly sensitive to begin with as well.

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Thirty Months Off – Renée is drug free and getting healthier everyday

By Renée Schuls-Jacobson — It’s been thirty months since I took my last bit of Klonopin, a dangerously addictive medication that a doctor prescribed for me when I was suffered from insomnia. Thirty months since my world flipped upside down. — These days, I don’t take any prescribed medication. None. And I dumped my psychiatrist. …

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New Project for People Who Hear Positive Voices

By Will Hall — Dr. Marius Romme, the Dutch psychiatrist whose pathbreaking work with Dr. Sandra Escher on voice hearing catalyzed the Hearing Voices Movement worldwide, is initiating a new project for people who hear positive voices.

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The Future of Mental Health Interview Series

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. Rethinking Mental Health Posted first on Psychology Today — the series should be followed there. The work from this site, Beyond Meds will be covered in one of the interviews. … This blog post introduces a hundred-day series of interviews on Psychology Today with folks from around the world committed to non-traditional ways of helping individuals suffering from emotional and mental distress.

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I am heartbroken and badass, at once

Sometimes I know things that I don’t want to know. Or I may see something that I can’t unsee no matter how bad I want to. And usually it’s not something I know or see strictly in my mind, but something I feel and see within my heart. That makes it harder to put what I am feeling or seeing into coherent thoughts or to find words to describe what I feel. All I have, is a giant hot soup of heavy feelings without any logical flow. When it’s like this, I remember two things:

Alone in nature: my idea of heaven

How do you exercise when you’re in pain?

Baby steps…I started with an exercycle on which I peddled for 15 seconds until I could peddle 30 seconds. (I got it for free on free cycle). Walking to the mailbox was an exciting workout for quite a while. Yoga has been wonderful…sometimes still I only do 5 or 10 minutes at a time…it continues to unfold….I did a lot of other things in baby step ways. Never pushing beyond what felt safe and comfortable.