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]
Rethinking the treatment of trauma: webinar (FREE if you don’t need CEUs and can watch when broadcasted)
This looks like an EXCELLENT webinar – and it can be free online for non-professionals. This is definitely worth seeing if you or someone you know and love has a trauma history with still-active symptoms. … [click on title to read and view more]
A bit of Rumi to wake up to this morning: Through love bitter things seem sweet. Through love scraps of copper are turned to gold. Through love dregs taste like clear wine. Through love agonies are healing balms. Through love thorns become roses. Through love vinegar becomes rich wine. Through love the scaffold becomes a […]
I find it ironic that practicing simple healthy habits is called “alternative” health and/or medicine.
I’m not using “alternative” health modalities. I’m getting healthy without medication after conventional medical treatment with drugs profoundly wrecked my wellbeing. Our language obfuscates. It’s quite Orwellian, in fact.
Getting healthy in my mind means returning to or rediscovering what being in tune with our body/mind and spirit entails. Nothing alternative about that. It’s about returning to our animal inheritance. It’s foundational to simply being human. … [click on title to read and view more]
If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders. … [click on title to read and view more]
Whether or not you’ve ever dealt with a full-blown addiction, the compulsive desire to distract oneself from the pain of being human is universal. For this reason Gabor Maté’s work and insights can be valuable for anyone.
Gabor Mate does an excellent job considering how Western modern human beings are all subject to addiction of one kind or another. I’ve shared his work here several times. Our capitalistic and consumer driven culture depends on the addict in all of us. Here Dr. Gabor Maté gives us clues as to who we are when we are not addicted. … [click on title to read and view more]
This is the story of an ordinary and successful, middle-aged man going down the antidepressant rabbit hole. He had no history of psychiatric care or psych drug use until he was well into maturity. We’re so often told psychiatric drug withdrawal issues are from “pre-existing conditions.” There are many who hang on to that belief and try to deny the harm the drugs cause. Folks like this man help make it clear that this is something that can happen to anyone who takes these drugs and it does happen to us without discrimination of any kind. There are many thousands and maybe millions impacted in some way by how these drugs debilitate. A lot of people don’t even know that is why they’re sick. These drugs make people sick and doctors don’t even know that is why there is so much chronic illness in those labeled with mental illness. The drugs create illness that was never there. It’s an epidemic that is being denied. … [click on title to read and view more]
I’ve been doing yoga nidra meditations for a couple of years as part of my collection of healing practices. Lately I’ve been doing a lot more of it and it’s so deeply relaxing and healing I thought it was time I shared it. I have to say that even though I’ve been doing it for two years it’s only recently from a greater state of well-being that I’ve come to deeply appreciate the profundity of this practice.
“Yoga Nidra is an an ancient form of guided meditation that has been proven effective to reduce stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other psychological disorders.” … [click on title to read and view more]
UCLA study: non-drug treatment may reverse Alzheimer’s (these lifestyle changes are also good for all mental health)
This is a good place to start for most mental health issues of any kind, really — and, well, for general well-being too. Good health is actually rather simple. Sadly the human species has traveled a very very long way from simplicity and so it’s not always, by any means, straightforward to get back to good-health. Still we can take many meaningful steps in that direction and over time make some very big changes. I’ve seen it done again and again among those I work with and I’ve done it for myself. … [click on title to read and view more]
NOTE: the below symptoms can be found in any protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome and are not limited to benzodiazepines. The autonomic nervous system is potentially impacted by all the different classes of psych meds and thus these neurological symptoms can be seen when coming off any class of psych drug. … [click on title to read and view more]
To reframe what we’ve generally been told about mental anguish and suffering by the mental illness system is a very important part of healing. Psychiatry makes out that the individual is sick. A much more honest as well as empowering way to view much mental anguish is to see ourselves as part of the web of life. Our despair is telling us something very real and valid. We should listen to it and pay attention and learn. Feeling pain is not a weakness, it is a capacity. We can learn to let it fuel us rather than cripple us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Are there ways to reach people in states of madness? How do talking with ghosts, hearing voices, and seeing visions – as well as enduring family turmoil – relate to psychotic crisis?
When Dina Tyler discovered the meaning of life in an altered state, the treatment she received only inflicted further trauma. Dina instead embraced her madness as a guiding force for recovery, and found a way to leave labels and medications behind. Today she works as a counselor to youth experiencing psychosis, communicating across different realities with people driven away from traditional care. … [click on title to read and view more]
The way we consider and interpret our experience is critically important. Psychiatry and most of the mental illness system tells us we will never get better and that we will have to manage the disease of mental illness for the rest of our lives most often by taking toxic medications which can seriously negatively impact the quality of our lives and even kill us up to 25 years earlier than the rest of the population. It simply does not have to be this way. It’s often not true that people’s only option is to take dangerous medications for the rest of their lives and yet most people are not told about any options.
Part of coming to understand how profoundly we are capable of healing and transformation is to first know that it’s possible. I know 1000s of folks who’ve been able to discover this now. There is no denying that people suffer greatly and that sometimes that sort of suffering gets labeled by the psychiatric establishment. But what is also true is that many people have chosen to refuse to let psychiatry hand over a prognosis of disability and a lifetime of distress. Transformation and profound healing is possible. … [click on title to read and view more]
Faith…does not mean the belief in assertions for which there is no evidence. It never meant that in genuine religion, and it never should be abused in this sense. But faith means being grasped by a power that is greater than we are, a power that shakes us and turns us, and transforms us and heals us. Surrender to this power is faith. … [click on title to read and view more]
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, not less than in the excitement and gladness; touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. … [click on title to read and view more]
It can happen to anyone and we’re all brothers and sisters.
Rethink Homelessness asked our homeless friends to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn’t know just by walking past them. Their answers may surprise you. … [click on title to read and view more]
Clearing Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how to give […]
There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips we lay on ourselves–the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and addictions of all kinds–never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink away from being fully awake. … [click on title to read and view more]