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Voices matter and (so do other extreme or unusual experiences)

The below video is a couple of years old and I somehow missed it. It’s really wonderful and well worth watching. I hope to be able to attend one of these congresses soon. I am starting to entertain the idea of traveling again, though I’m not sure yet when that might happen. “Voices Matter” is […]

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Surrender to the process of being born

Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds—financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we’ve lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn. … [click on the title to read and view more]

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The future of mental health care is now

Dina Tyler is making it happen in the system right now. This is what a peer specialist looks like. We are the ones who can make the system transform. We know, better than anyone, how to help one another and, more importantly, how to help ourselves.

Dina Tyler is working in the system. Anyone who thinks change cannot happen from within hasn’t met people like Dina. I’m for change happening wherever the movers and the shakers dare to go. Inside and outside…there are no rules for us! The only rule is to deeply and profoundly become ourselves. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Robert Whitaker’s new book: Psychiatry Under the Influence

Psychiatry Under the Influence investigates how the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests has corrupted the behavior of the American Psychiatric Association and academic psychiatry during the past 35 years. The book documents how the psychiatric establishment regularly misled the American public about what was known about the biology of mental disorders, the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, and the safety and efficacy of its drugs. It also looks at how these two corrupting influences encouraged the expansion of diagnostic boundaries and the creation of biased clinical practice guidelines. This corruption has led to significant social injury, and in particular, a societal lack of informed consent regarding the use of psychiatric drugs, and the pathologizing of normal behaviors in children and adults. The authors argues that reforming psychiatry will require the neutralization of these two corrupting influences—pharmaceutical money and guild interests—and the establishment of multidisciplinary authority over the field of mental health. … [click on the title to read and view more]

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Letting go, acceptance, surrender

Yes, I’ve personally found that trying to change myself actually gets in the way of healing. I am okay with acknowledging I am not in control. Sometimes life hands you a crisis where the only way out is coming to accept that reality. For me, what happened to me on psychiatric drugs was one of those situations. In that realization too, there is grace. … [click on the title to read and view more]

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Emotional, spiritual and physical health are intimately connected

Because there is virtually no understanding of the above reality in medicine, nor psychology, psych drugs instead are far too often agents of trauma rather than being therapeutic. The entire mental illness system actually acts as an agent of trauma because of this lack of consciousness. That is exactly what my first comment above is pointing to. Whatever I met psychiatry with all those years ago when I was drugged, (my story is here) the psych drugs magnified and made worse exponentially (not so much in ways that show up obviously in behavior, but in how the entire body/mind/spirit was affected). There is no way anyone who goes through this and comes to the understanding we’ve come to on this side of the trauma can stay silent on the topic. We are here to change things. Simply because we know what we know. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Nothing lasts forever; No one lives forever. Keep that in mind, and love. Our life is not the same old burden; Our path is not the same long journey. The flower fades and dies, We must pause to weave perfection into music Keep that in mind, and love. My beloved, in you I find refuge. […]

Elisabeth Svanholmer

Learning to be with ourselves: a response to Understanding Psychosis

When I get caught up in trying to explain why I have these experiences I often realise that I am coming from a place of fear. I tell myself that I want to understand because knowing why will help me cope, help me know what to do. I may even tell myself that my experiences need me to be understanding and empathic. I want to make myself feel safer, I want to find the right way forwards – the best way. I don’t want to feel confused and powerless so I go to default mode of observing, analysing the data and coming up with an explanation that seems to best suit the issue at hand. I may return to explanations that have helped me in the past. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Me and My Best-Self (analysis by @_2020mojo_ )

This is a wickedly observant nine minutes of musing from my long-time twitter friend @_2020mojo_. Though I’ve followed his tweets with great attention for many years and though he designed the very beautiful header of Beyond Meds I still don’t know his name. And yet, I love him. The internet is a marvel. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Yoga is for everyone and every body type

I was happy to see this article I’m sharing below. Yoga is for everyone and all body types. Granted not all yoga studios understand this reality and some are not very comfortable for people who don’t feel they fit into the scene. I recommend finding somewhere you feel safe to practice. If you can’t find a class YouTube is a great teacher. I learned yoga at home by necessity because I couldn’t leave the house. Just listen to your body and never do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable. It’s really not that complicated. … [click on title to read and view more]

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The politics of food, nutrition, vegan, paleo, etc. etc.

I mindfully use diet and food and herbs to heal my body/mind/spirit. Natural healing depends on it, but the information out there is sometimes very difficult to navigate. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Oliver Sacks, the autonomic nervous system, and psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome

My husband, Paul Woodward, who has published quite a few essays on this blog, sometimes sends emails to me about his thoughts on my (and therefore, often, our) circumstance. Sometimes he’s incredibly helpful and insightful both. I’m sharing what he wrote to me yesterday. The below is most of the body of an email. I’ve edited out a couple of sentences that were directed to me more personally at the beginning and the end. Most of it is just as it was written. As way of introduction to those who perhaps are not familiar with this blog, the autonomic nervous system injury that Paul is referring to in myself is the one incurred by psychiatric drugs and their withdrawal. It is essentially a sort of chemical and pharmaceutical and, therefore, iatrogenic brain injury. It’s often referred to as psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome and in some people can be a severe and debilitating condition. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Healing is, in the end, the marriage of opposites

Today when I woke up I had just had a very dark and dystopian dream. I considered the fact that two days ago I awoke from a dream that was quite the opposite — in it I was a shamanic healing Goddess with light coming out of my hands. I love that my psyche in two days time was visiting both light and dark…I see that this is how we heal in the bringing together of these extremes. My healing journey has been in so many ways about visiting and healing opposites and embracing paradox. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Physician-caused death, illness, anger and despair? It happens. What to do.

There is an important read today at Mad in America by Bruce Levine about how to regain power from the medical establishment. Those of us who have been harmed and know just how serious it can be have an important role to play. … [click on title to read more]

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May 16, 2015 International Protest of Electroshock

Nancy Rubenstein speaks from her personal experience about why she is supporting this day of protest. Additional information and another personal story are included in this post. [click on title to read more]

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