I’ve been doing a lot of heart opening work with the heart chakra. This youtube video is really beautiful. It’s string music and I can feel it very powerfully in my heart center. Healing what is often referred to as the “energetic body” has been a very powerful thing for me. I don’t have to understand everything. In fact surrendering to my healing process requires letting go of knowing pretty much anything. Give it a try if the idea resonates with you. … [click on title to read and view more]
By Terry Lynch, MD — I know people can recover fully having received diagnoses of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. I know because I have seen this, both in my work, and through contact with people over many years. Full recovery is possible. Hard work, but possible. The common medical response to recovery – that it must have been a misdiagnosis and the person never actually had that condition – does not suffice. The people I am talking about met all the medical criteria for these psychiatric labels. Psychiatry is the only medical specialty where the mindset does not routinely include aiming for the best possible outcomes. … [click on title to read and view more]
The below Tibetan throat singing helped move some energy through the other day. Good stuff. Remember tones and chanting is a good way to stimulate and tone the vagus nerve too.
Have a good weekend. … [click on title to read and view more]
Nature has kept me alive and given me hope. Over and over again. It’s too bad this is considered a joke because it’s very serious. People are dying (literally and/or spiritually) because we are largely cut off from our understanding of who we are. We are members of a community of many diverse species on a planet bursting with yet more life. We are all connected and we need it all. We must remember that we are just one bit of the web of life. Still…go ahead and enjoy the video…I did. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I think that instead of denying mental illness at the individual level (for some good reasons like lack of lab work indicating any sort of markers of any actual disease) it’s time to recognize that everyone is mentally ill…and some of those most impacted are psychiatrists and other officials of the state who harm those of us who are more conscious…not less. Our society and world is sick…the individuals who are most sensitive are canaries in the coal mine. We all need help and we all need healing. Everyone on the planet needs to come to consciousness should we wish to save our species as well as a lot of others too.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]
Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. A normal form of human suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The It Gets Better Series — Last year for several weeks I republished old posts from the days when I was bedridden and unable to speak. I posted them with the contrast of the current commentary that reflected how much health I have found in the last few years of coming back from a severe iatrogenic injury caused by psychiatric drugs. Today I’m collecting those posts so that I can add this page to the drop-down navigation menu. When I put it into the archives above I will title it “The It Gets Better Series.” So that is what you will want to look for in the future. For now I’ve given it a different title because I wanted to underscore the fact that this blog has helped me in profound ways too. It’s never been a one way street. … [click on title to view more]
A collection of links to other posts from the Beyond Meds archives that look at that which gets labeled “bipolar disorder” from different perspectives so that we might be challenged to think outside the psychiatric box. … [click on title to read and view more]
Depression is always a mixture of many things…there is no such thing as a monolithic state called depression…the fact that people imagine that is the case, is a problem…a collection that reconsiders what we’ve been told. Here is a list of a few articles and posts on Beyond Meds that might help one consider what is called depression in different ways, because it is not just one thing. It is always a combination of many things in the life of every individual who gets the label. This is true of all psych diagnosis, actually. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.
Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Grief and the love of life are twins, natural human skills that can be learned first by being on the receiving end and feeling worthy of them, later by practicing them when you run short of understanding. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
My readers often ask how they might go about finding a good doctor. I’ve written about how to do that before and am sharing a link below. It’s a skill that needs to be learned, but it’s entirely possible to find good people with practice and also to recognize when you need to move on and find someone else. I now know many professionals of all stripes who are deeply respectful. It remains difficult to find new ones, but I now trust myself completely and go about doing what I need to do on the occasions that I need to find someone new for whatever reason. … [click on title to read the rest]
To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it’s technically true in clinical trials — they are also very different than placebos…they are NOT inert…they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently.
People who are very depressed like to feel differently. Different can sometimes feel better even if only for a while. Sometimes different feels much better and sometimes different feels really bad and even dangerous (think homicidal and suicidal–SSRIs are associated with both).
They are not inert and they will act in all manner of ways in different people. And, then of course, yeah, they also cause iatrogenic damage…often severe… … [click on title to read more]
I can’t call the current system of care a “mental health system” when it’s so clearly one that generates, encourages and sustains mental illness. And so I’ve often referred to it as a mental illness system. Here I’m underscoring that as it’s important that we make big changes if we want to help not only the most vulnerable people in our society, but also society itself. We create one another. None of this happens in a vacuum. … … [click on title for the rest of the post]
People can heal the sensitivity to become psychotic by becoming AWARE…that is a growth and maturation process…when one matures enough to become an observer of their thoughts and become discerning about the content of their thoughts psychosis pretty much goes away…
Psychosis is, among (many) other things, also, quite often, a deep attachment to one’s (not consensually reasonable) thoughts and beliefs. To be clear much of what is consensually and widely believed in society and the mainstream is also delusional. It’s just generally accepted. R.D Laing has much to say about the “normal” human being. Let’s just say that real clarity and lucidity is not normal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of severe withdrawal syndrome and often a part of just about any and all withdrawal from psychiatric drugs is the insomnia most people face at one time or another. It can be so severe as to be quite dangerous. Learning to soothe and ease the body back into sleep or at the very least rest becomes an issue of survival.
All the below suggestions may be helpful to anyone dealing with insomnia from any source as well. … [click on title to read the rest]
On this blog there is now a nice collection of articles on Open Dialogue as it’s used in Western Lapland Finland with people who find themselves experiencing all manner of psychotic phenomena. The psychiatric hospitals are nearly empty there. The method can be learned and the results have been documented. People heal and go on to have lives that thrive. … [click on title to read the rest]
NOT EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO PROTRACTED OR EVEN SIGNIFICANT WITHDRAWAL ISSUES. That said everyone needs to be aware of the risk so that every reasonable precaution can be made to avoid potentially serious issues. In the interest of informed consent we need to know what the risks are. Many psychiatrists are not telling people about these risks. What is worse is that psychiatrists don’t even understand the risks or recognize what they’re actually witnessing when they start happening. This level of ignorance is a criminal reality at the moment. Below the initial commentary is a collection of links with lots of information to better inform the reader on psychiatric drug withdrawal. Educating oneself and preparing for a safer taper goes a long way in mitigating the risk of serious protracted withdrawal issues. … [click on title to read the rest]
I’m not sure why it was ever considered good practice to deny someone’s experience. It’s cruel to do that if nothing else and seems to be a no-brainer that we should be kind to those in any kind of emotional distress. I’m happy to say that even when I worked in social services I never avoided speaking to people about their “delusions” and/or voices even when I was told not to on the job. Some of us have always intuitively understood that all this content from the psyche has meaning. It’s nice to see that finally some of the inherent cruelty in psychiatric and psychological treatment is being challenged and meaningfully changed in a few corners of the world.
These are all stories of recovery that involve freedom from drugs/medications. Most everyone on these pages were told they would need drugs for the rest of their lives and proved psychiatry sorely wrong.
By Will Hall — Cannabis (marijuana) is now legal in two states, legal for medical use in 23 more, and polls show the majority of Americans support legalization. As a counselor working with people diagnosed with psychosis and mental illness I am often asked about my clinical — as well as my personal — experience with medical cannabis. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
We can no longer say, I am right and your are wrong… Can you see me? (short video and collection of excerpts, Marion Woodman)
By Elaine Mansfield — “As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me?
You are completely screwed, Because the next question is How Much?” Tony Hoagland — And after that, Does he love me still? and Does he love me even though he’s dead? And then, When do I stop feeling married to a person who is no longer here? and Why do I feel lonely in a room full of people because he’s not smiling from across the room? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The vehicles (religions and mythologies) are always neutral. What people do in the name of these vehicles can sometimes be rather horrifying. For example in my Catholic upbringing I was told by a nun that anyone that wasn’t Catholic would be going to hell. Since it’s that sort of thinking that led to the Inquisition, that pretty much ended my early relationship to Catholicism. Still, I found something good in the hymns I share below and they have always stayed with me. They’ve stayed with the rejected shadow child too, because they were sung straight to her little alienated heart. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
This is my dark and lovely message
Hear me cry
Hear me cry
Hear me cry
Never stop hearing me cry … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I am not worthy
I deserve nothing
I crave forgiveness
Please forgive me… … [click on title for the rest of the post]
“How can I get to know myself? Not by thinking, for thinking only reflects my conscious being, but by meditating. Meditation goes beyond the conscious mind into the unconscious. In meditation I can become aware of the ground of my being in matter, in life, in human consciousness. I can experience my solidarity with the universe, with the remotest star in outer space and with the minutest particle in the atom. I can experience my solidarity with every living thing, with the earth with these flowers and coconut trees, with the birds and squirrels, with every human being. I can get beyond all these outer forms of things in time and space and discover the Ground from which they all spring. I can know (…) the Origin, the Source, beyond being and non-being, the One ‘without a second’. I can know the birth of all things from this Ground, their coming into being in the Word.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Below is a quote from the latest cool psychiatrist, David R. Hawkins, I discovered completely by accident. A friend who is not involved in psychiatric stuff at all gave me a book by him. The fact that he was a psychiatrist wasn’t particularly significant one way or another to my friend. It’s not really all that important to me either. The guy is talking real healing and transformation. I don’t really care what he went to school to study over 50 years ago.
Still, it’s of interest to know that David R. Hawkins wrote a book with Linus Pauling (father of Orthomolecular Psychiatry and a nobel prize winner) and worked with him too. His understanding of what healing really is goes well beyond anything Orthomolecular medicine does with nutrients. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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*Out of the Blue: Six non-medication ways to relieve depression
*Altered States: Why Hypnosis Helps Depression
* The Many Faces of Loss, and how to resolve it.
*Hypnotic Brain Change for Depression: Help Your Clients Practice Positive Mental Habits.
*Getting Your Life Back: Healing Depression with Hypnosis
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“I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another’s differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility. Not this “In order to love you, I must make you something else”. That’s what domination is all about, that in order to be close to you, I must possess you, remake and recast you. ” … [click on title to read and view more]
by Elaine Mansfield — My heart sank and my belly knotted. I felt like a helpless child. I scolded myself for making a catastrophe out of an inconvenience, but that made me more desperate. I felt lost and vulnerable, captured by what C.G. Jung called a psychological complex. Where was the calm woman who gives book readings and radio interviews? Where was the part of me that could face death without flinching? … [click on title to read and view more]