Recovering or adjusting to illness?


By Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D. (psychiatrist) — Many of us were not surprised when the research failed to support the currently dominant biomedical model of psychiatry. A 2015 panel at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Toronto confirmed that even more research is accumulating to question the benefits, if any, of the long-term use of anti-psychotic medication. Paris raises the question, why doesn’t research change anything? … [click on title to read the rest]

Depression as pain


So much talk of disease these days. Depression is a disease. Mental illness is a disease. — The language of disease is soothing: there is nothing wrong with you, you are not crazy, you are not different, you are not “less.” You just have a disease. Like diabetes. — Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition: you take your insulin, you are fine (well, sorta: you also have a shorter life expectancy and likelihood of nerve damage, eye damage, etc.). So is the “disease” of mental illness. Nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or that someone hurt you. It’s no one’s fault. — So here’s what’s wrong with this lovely, guilt-free approach to mental pain. one: it dooms you to a lifetime of disability. You are a lifetime depressive, bipolar, OCD sufferer, schizophrenic. The disease is here to stay. … [click on title to read the rest]



By Jen Peer Rich
Where is violence, really? In the heart of a mad gunman? In the heart of a woman who intentionally blinds herself with chemicals? In the heart of a presidential candidate who takes pride in sensationalizing human suffering?
Who is really violent here?
Maybe it’s me. … [click on title to read the rest of the post]

Crazywise the film


As you know, CRAZYWISE documents a major paradigm shift in the way Western culture defines and treats a mental health crisis. Our film is riding the wave of a rapidly growing community members demanding more choices for recovery. … [click on title to view post and watch video]

Campaign for real change in mental health policy – (TODAY) DAY OF ACTION October 7


TODAY — From the Campaign for real change in mental health policy

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, we invite you to participate in our day of action. We encourage you to call, write, or Tweet to your members of Congress and let them know that the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is bad for America. …[click on title to read the rest]

Did I get enough love?


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]

Non-medication ways to relieve depression: online course CE/CME available


*Treating Depression Hypnotically and Strategically emphasizes the importance of utilizing proactive and well-targeted interventions when treating depression.
*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
*What Can Solution Hypnosis Contribute to The Treatment of Depression? … [click on title to learn more about this opportunity]

Managing a meltdown


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]

The wounds we carry


By Elaine Mansfield — “They’re all wounded,” I thought as I watched people in the grocery store or on the street, “but I can’t see their scars and they can’t see mine.” … I wished them happiness because I knew their life hurt as mine did, even if we were the lucky ones who had food to eat, a place to sleep, and medical treatment. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I am the oppressor


By Jen Peer Rich — When will we recognize that we are all being oppressed and oppressing all the time? If any one part of the system is oppressed, so too am I oppressed. Humans, animals, the earth, it’s all under the heavy weight of oppression. Every being deserves to be championed by the system from which it is born. We are all participating in the fate of every life. We have many communities within our life system that need rehabilitation from the oppressions that come with the belief in separation and the dislocation of the psyche from nature. So long as we keep the competition between oppressions alive, we can’t really help. .. [click title to read the rest]


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