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Bonfire Madigan Shive, singing and playing the anima and animus

A Saturday Mellow post…that’s rather intense. Enjoy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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A therapist who gets it speaks

Jonathan Keyes speaks to the very serious issue of psychiatric drug withdrawal and specifically the society wide denial about the issue and the lack of support for those of us who brave the journey. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Wild dandelion and radicchio salad

Wild dandelion and radicchio salad: #foodie friday

I went out and harvested the “weeds” from my garden. Dandelion is good food and grows abundantly in my part of the world and many other parts too. I’ve been eating wild dandelion since I was a child.

The radicchio I bought at the grocery store.

I dressed the salad simply with olive oil and salt. Both the dandelion and the radicchio are bitter greens and so I like them dressed really simply like this. You can certainly add lemon or vinegar or any other salad dressing you like. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist & senior lecturer, University College London speaks and lots of additional info and resources about psychiatric drug withdrawal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Whisper Rapture

WHISPER RAPTURE: A BONFIRE MADIGAN SUITE is a 26-minute symphony of song and cinema featuring six original compositions by cellist and composer, Madigan Shive, four of them brand new and unreleased. The title refers to Madigan’s childhood fantasy companion, Whisper, who she used to talk to through a doorknob-smashed hole in her bedroom wall. Her conversations with Whisper paved the way for her visionary songs of rapture and rage, now poetically visualized with luminous imagery by award-winning filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Uplifting Energy: energy healing for body, mind and spirit

Donna Eden also healed herself from Multiple Sclerosis after western doctors told her she only had months to live. She works with a lot of people with auto-immune illnesses too. Psychiatric drug withdrawal often triggers serious auto-immune issues and they are often a part of the constellation of issues that people with protracted withdrawal have. I have dealt with several serious auto-immune issues some of which have healed completely and others I’m still working on.

When she had MS she also had severe food sensitivities to the point that she could only eat one food. Those all cleared up for her too. Many of us with protracted withdrawal issues also have such hypersensitivities. I do as well. Lately they’ve been starting to clear up for me as well.

She underscores that everyone heals differently (and we all experience energy differently) and that we need to, above and beyond all else, listen to ourselves and trust ourselves. Doesn’t that sound familiar? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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The growing edge

Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Mamma earth in action and my big brother

otherwise titled
“Mamma earth in action and my big brother”
I actually woke up this morning thinking I’d arrived. I’m well…even if still sick in some regards.

Perhaps from the outside looking in I’d be perceived as still ill in many regards. I have many practical limitations. I remain unable to make most commitments that most people take for granted, for example.

But from my standpoint I’m well. I’m in touch with what I need to do to live and thrive and be happy…that is being well as far as I’m concerned. I know what I need and I know what sort of boundaries and limits I need to make for myself. This is good stuff. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Ecstatic dance: trance and movement for healing and transformation

I’ve gone to several 5 Rhythms Waves now. They are the most joyous and wonderful moments of my life right now as I continue to rehabilitate. When one surrenders to the energy of these waves one is swept away in the energy of the room, dancing from this trance state is a miracle every time as your body leads the way doing things you didn’t even know it could do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Yoga for trauma: reclaiming your body

That trauma deeply impacts the body is something people are still just starting to understand.Those of us using yoga and other body/mind techniques to heal learn just how profound the body/mind connection is. Yoga has been a profoundly healing part of my journey for past traumas (both experiential and the iatrogenic trauma that psychiatric drugs imposed) and for rehabilitation after having been bedridden for a couple of years. The below information about yoga healing and integrating PTSD and past trauma is very important practice, news and research. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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We not only get ill, we also get well

I’ve been inspired by Deena Metzger for many years now. I have often returned to some of her words that I’ve shared on this blog as I’ve gone through my process of listening to my illness so that I might grow and heal with it, rather than fighting it. In the interview with Tami Simon from Sounds True she goes deep into what this means for her and it’s deeply resonant with my own experience.

Among other things Deena speaks to the issue of iatrogenic illness. Medically induced injury, in other words. The issue that I and so many who read this blog face in a giant way through protracted withdrawal syndrome, a sometimes gravely disabling illness caused by the use and withdrawal of psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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What I’m doing here

Saturday Mellow Here, Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive records lead vocals on her original song “What I’m Doing Here”.

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Musings on healing and well-being

Illness is a lack of wellness. Wellness is the experience of vitality, a desire to participate fully in life, take chances, and have an internal state of well being. When ill, a person checks out of her participation in life, resists change, is concerned about ones circumstances, and often her mortality. Illness does not have to be associated with the presence of any disease. Wellness does not have to be associated with the elimination or reduction of disease. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Let's keep our kids healthy

The toxic assault on our children

People may wonder sometimes why posts about food and the environment etc. are on a mental health blog. It’s because everything matters in our environment. Everything in our environment impacts our health and wellbeing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Beginner’s mind

I want to practice what Buddhists call ‘beginner’s mind’ — a vital corrective to the cynicism that comes when we let life’s hard realities darken our vision and diminish our imagination. It’s a way of looking at the world that makes fresh starts possible in everything: our personal lives, our work lives, even our political lives. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Healing homes: full documentary film here (alternative healing for “serious mental illness”)

All Daniel Mackler’s films are now available for free viewing on youtube. This is the last one. I’ve posted all of them now. I highly recommend them all.

COMPLETE DOCUMENTARY FILM. “Healing Homes,” recovery from psychosis without medication. An in-depth exploration of the Family Care Foundation, one of the best psychosis-oriented programs in the world, a Swedish organization which places people failed by traditional psychiatry in families, many of whom are farm families, as a start to a whole new life. Interviews with clinicians, clients, and host families. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Take These Broken Wings — recovery from schizophrenia without drugs (full film here)

Daniel’s first film remains my favorite. Maybe just because it was his first and I was so thrilled to see such wonder documented on film. All his films are wonderful, of course. You can view them all online now. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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OPEN DIALOGUE: the complete film now online for viewing (alternative healing for psychosis)

Mackler’s work has been featured here on Beyond Meds many times. For more information his website is here.

OPEN DIALOGUE: 74-minute documentary film on the Western Lapland Open Dialogue Project, the program presently getting the best results in the developed world for first-break psychosis — approximately 85% full recovery, a far majority off antipsychotic medication. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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A calm and holy religion

There is religion in everything around us
A calm and holy religion

In the unbreathing things in Nature … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Let’s stop Murphy Bill (forced out-patient treatment becomes routine)

most provisions of the proposed bill are a giant step back from the trend promoting consumer engagement, empowerment, and self-direction by emphasizing professional dominance on advisory committees. The bill also restricts programmatic initiatives to evidence-based practices therefore frustrating development of innovative approaches, many of which may reflect more active consumer involvement and direction than established practices. The bill will also cut funding to statewide consumer networks… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

and doctor's don't know how to help people get off

What should I expect from my MD about psych drug withdrawal symptoms?

Doctors are unaware of how bad withdrawal syndromes can be. Doctors who understand psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes are few and far between, even among psychiatrists. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Love letter to my body…

yes! coming into relationship with the wonder that is this body has been a miracle…and, just as with all relationships, one that has it’s up and downs in understanding…. thank you Baylissa! … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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SPRING is in the air (and our psyches)

It’s a shame we’re not taught to contemplate the changes our bodies/minds/spirit go through with the change of seasons. It’s been a source of some of my deepest revelations to note that I too am part of these cycles. So lovely! Not SAD (seasonal affective disorder) :-) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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THAT’S CRAZY: powerful documentary on the coercive nature of psychiatry

A very important film at a very important time in the history of mental health legislation.
THAT’S CRAZY follows Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, as he refuses court ordered medication and pursues his own path to wellness. Eric’s decision triggers a series of personal, medical and legal battles providing a window into the conflicting issues raised by mental ilness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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First They Ignore You: Impressions From Today’s Hearing on H.R. 3717 (Murphy’s Bill)

by Leah Harris

As I walked alone up the stairs to the Rayburn House Office Building this morning to attend the hearing of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on H.R. 3717 – the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act – I thought about how I wasn’t truly alone. In spirit with me were all the people who had experienced scary, coercive, and dehumanizing interventions in the name of help. In spirit with me were all the well-intentioned family members who didn’t want to force treatment on their loved ones, but didn’t have access to or know about alternative voluntary, recovery-oriented community resources. In spirit with me was every mental health provider who went into the field hoping to really make a difference in their communities, but became cynical and discouraged in the face of so many broken systems and broken spirits. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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