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The memory of trauma is imprinted on the human organism

The memory of the trauma is imprinted on the human organism. I don’t think you can overcome it unless you learn to have a friendly relationship with your body. The big question: How can you help people confront their internal sensations? … [click on title to read and view more]

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The shamanic nature of consciousness

The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. … June 2015 Sign up for: Shades of awakening: integrate and claim your gifts from spiritual emergency (often mistaken for psychosis) a free series of interviews coming up soon — [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Healing voices: the film

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 28, 2015 The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (“EXCELLENCE”) announces a new capital campaign to finance the marketing and distribution of HEALING VOICES, a recently completed feature-length documentary from the USA.  Directed by award-winning filmmaker PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as “psychosis” […]

mimosa

Herbs heal the nervous system (and soul) in profound ways

Yesterday I started the day harvesting flowers from trees in my neighborhood. Flowers that help heal my nervous system. What joy. I use a lot of different herbs in rotation. I generally don’t use any one herb daily. My body doesn’t like that. Mimosa is the newest addition. The bark and flowers are quite different and I am using both. I am lucky to be able to harvest my own. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Dr. Potter's newest book

The apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry

By Brent Potter, PhD — I am grateful to be alive during to see the apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry. Honestly, I didn’t think that I’d see anything like it in my lifetime. It was looking pretty daunting for a while, but we’re not only making substantial progress, but winning. — Please don’t mistake me—we have plenty more to do. We’re not in the clear yet, but we’re light years ahead of where we were roughly 20 years ago. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Breaking down in the service of breaking through: can madness save us?

by Paris Williams — Over the years of my explorations into psychosis and human evolution a very interesting irony became increasingly apparent. It is well-known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel, at different points throughout their journeys, that they have received a special calling to save the world, or at least the human race. Indeed, this experience played a particularly prominent role in my own extreme states, as well as within those of at least two of my own family members. From a pathological perspective, this is often referred to as a kind of “delusion of grandeur,” though in my own research and writing, I have come to feel that the term “heroic (or messianic) striving” is generally more accurate and helpful. The great irony I have come to appreciate … [click on title for the rest of the post]

art work from genekeys.net

Melt into your own life

I’ve been studying The Gene Keys for a couple of years. I find the work a delightful contemporary mythological window into reality that truly does penetrate into the cells of the body if one contemplates the process that unfolds. — “People don’t need help. They need love.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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CBT: Part of the Solution, Part of the Problem, an Illusion, or All of the Above?

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT has been pretty heavily criticized by people within the “alternatives” community and in particular by a number of Mad in America (MIA) bloggers and commenters in the past few years. In a way that isn’t surprising, because many of us are looking for radical change, and CBT often appears to be part of the establishment, especially within the therapy world.–But while I’m all for criticizing what’s wrong with CBT, especially with bad CBT, I think there’s also a danger in getting so caught up in pointing out real or imagined flaws that we fail to notice where CBT can be part of the solution, helping us move toward more humanistic and effective methods. I would propose that we instead attempt a “balanced approach,” noticing both where CBT is likely to help and where it is not, and discovering what can be done to build on the strengths of CBT while avoiding problems with the misapplication or overstated marketing of it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Cold Turkey Final

MEDICATION MERRY-GO-ROUNDS are essentially multiple cold turkeys….

I took 6 years to come off 6 drugs…I was on them for 2 decades. Anyone on drugs for that long have had multiple cold-turkeys because that is how psychiatrists switch folks from drug to drug… if we were heavy users of psych meds our nervous systems are all fried by the time we come off…that’s another under appreciated fact…med merry-go-rounds are like multiple cold turkeys…

yeah, not a nice thing to contemplate, but that’s what it’s like… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We all hope for the day this might happen once again

SLEEPING after coming off heavily sedating psych drugs. It gets better.

My sleep has come back slowly. One of the few MDs I’ve worked with who has been helpful has a specialty in sleep medicine. When I met him I was lucky if I slept one hour a night and I didn’t tolerate anything (supplement or psych drug wise) to help support sleep…he assured me that what he called my “sleep architecture” would come back…(he also is familiar with the sort of iatrogenic brain injury we get from the psych meds) … in any case his words stay with me even now and I have a palpable sense of my body reconstructing my sleep architecture over time…now I can take a few supplement supports and herbs as well…but time, also, really continues to matter. I went from 0-2 hours a night (a few years of that) to 2-4 hours a night (a couple of years) and now I’m at 4-6 hours and occasionally sleep 7 or 8 hours…it’s been a trip! I continue to heal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Happy Summer Solstice

It’s the longest day of the year! Make it a good one. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Sunday mellow music

This provoked some fun stuff up and down my chakras. Happy summer solstice. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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One Nation, Under Sedation

The title from the ProPublica article from the other day was too good to not highlight and share. What does it mean that we are, indeed, a nation under sedation? I think it means we are not awake to what is going on around us in far too many ways and that we’d better take heed. I’m just sharing a link to the article and then cutting and pasting my benzo page below it. The benzodiazepine information page takes a critical look at the prescribing of benzodiazepines and offers suggestions about how one might free themselves if one already takes and is perhaps addicted to the drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

dabney

7 Billion Paths to Awakening: healing from what is often called psychosis

In the diverse array of terms now used – extreme states, madness, spiritual crisis, kundalini, psychosis, crazy, shamanic initiation – I see my own experience in all of them. To me, they’re all expressions of what I call Shades of Awakening. Each one with it’s own flavor, meaning and transformational path to recovery. — After over a decade of soul searching, a new question emerged. How can I support others who are integrating to find their own truths, their own narratives and their own answers? (Be sure to visit the Shades of Awakening series page to learn about Dabney’s free series of interviews with many folks who’ve moved through spiritual emergence (which often otherwise gets pathologized by psychiatry) and are now thriving.) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Welcome the fear, the anxiety and thus transform it

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]

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“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best”

I had the good fortune of studying Walt Whitman as a student in college. I cannot say I understood what I was being presented with at the time, but I can say that he got into my cells even then, without my knowing, and now I can begin to appreciate the genius that he’s imparted to anyone who takes the time to feel into the magic of his words. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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