We all have stories and context — diagnosis try to strip that away from us


Everything that happens in our lives (and all our encounters with psychiatry) are SITUATIONAL. Always. There is no such thing as a clinical depression without a “situation.” That is a ludicrous and destructive fantasy. The same is true for anyone with any diagnosis. Schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, OCD. We all have stories and context. Diagnosis try to strip that away from us. The fact is EVERY single person with a diagnosis has an individual, unique story and context. Everything matters. Diagnosis (as currently most frequently used) are reductionistic lies that try to remove us from the fabric of our lives. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, and Treating Trauma


“Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival. And in some ways, I don’t think you can appreciate the glory of life unless you also know the dark side of life” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Madness: a meaningful journey


A personal experience of hearing voices: – – More on this topic on Beyond Meds: Hearing voices: living and thriving as voice hearers Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis Madness as a reckoning of one’s own psyche. Yes.

Healing bath: a longstanding coping and gently medicinal therapy

Oh yeah, I wish I had a tub this deep

Baths have been one of the most consistently helpful therapeutic practices I’ve used since I became ill with protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal. For a few years it was a daily and sometimes twice daily way I managed. A bath with the right ingredients can take the edge off of all manner of painful and debilitating symptoms. Sometimes just briefly, but when you’re living in the moment, out of necessity, that is enough. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Obey me

Obey Me - Photo by Thomas Fallon

I got an email from Thomas Fallon. He submitted the below photograph (self-portrait). I thought it was powerful and that too many of us know what that image is conveying. It’s hard for me to look at, but I’ve been there. Have you? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Why trust is worth it


Both watching and listening intently to this video is well worth it. Enjoy. I suggest making it full screen too. It’s a powerful and mesmerizing few minutes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

If we were abandoned…

find those little abandoned children within and hug them.

The thing that strikes me most about this is the idea that we must be true to ourselves and in that we must be willing to feel. If we are not willing to feel all the ways we’ve been hurt and to acknowledge to ourselves that pain we cannot heal. It is an abandonment of self to not feel. It made me think of this article which I’ve always loved and in fact the title has become a mantra of sorts for when I am facing any difficulty…physical, emotional or spiritual, actually … [click on title for the rest of the post]

drugging and distraction — James Hollis


The truth is most people perceive in their bones the vast vacancies in which they swim and they therefore cling to distraction, drugging and denial as much as possible. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

On Hearing Voices: Recovery as Social Action: The Personal is the Political


Jacqui Dillon is the National Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England. She has also helped develop HVN USA and has been involved in our Facilitator Trainings.

I love this because I’ve often viewed my healing process to simply not be just about me. It’s about all of us. It is for all of us too. And I also could not have done it without the constant communication with all of you out there. This has been a relationship process even when I’ve had to go deep into myself and spend most time alone.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

The helical model – our solar system is a vortex


This is just really cool and the universe is part of our wondrous environment and a reason to be grateful we’re alive (as far as I’m concerned.) … [click on title to read and view more]


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