Social media and blogging hiatus

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Update: other regular authors who have dashboard access may be publishing while I continue to take hiatus. — The front homepage of the blog has been reorganized with posts that include collections so folks can peruse the archives more easily while I’m not actively posting. Please also visit the drop down menus for more access to the archives. (…) [click on title to read the rest]

Love and sex and attachment

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I have shared Helen Fisher’s work before on Beyond Meds. She has done important work looking at how psychiatric drugs affect bonding and love. That post is here: Psych drugs damage ability to love/bond. I also consider in it what might be happening to young people who are going through sexual development while growing up on these drugs in that post. What I’m sharing today is much more generalized and not specifically about psychiatric drugs. There are a lot of details about romantic love in 21st century. I found it quite interesting and often quite optimistic while also taking a sobering look at the reality we find ourselves in. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Understanding our bodies…a skill to develop and trust. MDs often don’t support this.

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This issue comes up again and again among the folks I frequently hang out with online. People so badly want to find the perfect doctor and get very frustrated when again and again they are disrespected and/or given treatments that further harm them. I figured out a long time ago that I understand my body far better than any doctor does and the only MDs I’ll work with now (on an ongoing basis) are people who actually appreciate this. I never enter a new relationship with a health professional with any expectations as well. It allows for much less frustrating experiences. At the very best I’ll find a partner in my care…not someone who will tell me what to do without regard to my own particular experience. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Discoveries from Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

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There was a review/interview in the Guardian the other day. The author or editor subtitles the piece: “Do you believe you can think yourself well, changing the very structure of your brain over time through rigorous training? Norman Doidge does”… — that is an irresponsible and misleading understanding of what Doidge is talking about. This isn’t about “thinking” oneself well, it’s about developing new habits and the brain then develops new neuro-pathways which allows us to change our experience. This is also what Bessel van der Kolk is talking about when he speaks to healing trauma in, The Body Keeps Score. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Brief and lovely gentle yoga (good for the challenged nervous system too)

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I found the below gentle yoga for the morning. It’s also good for those of us with seriously challenged nervous systems at any time of the day. Those of us with protracted withdrawal syndrome need to be gentle and learn to listen to our bodies very carefully as we heal. Even yoga can trigger us or put us over the edge if we’re not careful. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Today: 5 years free from the psych drug cocktail

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It’s been five years today since I completed a six year withdrawal process from a large cocktail of psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

John Oliver on Pharmaceuticals and Doctors (funny AND damning)

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This is supposed to be satire…in this instance it’s pretty much straight up the truth…I actually have a hard time laughing at this stuff, but I did enjoy it. He’s darn witty even if it didn’t make me laugh. Too close to home is all. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mystical principles of healing

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“The unresolved traumas in individuals and in various cultures are again bursting open. Humanity is literally crying out for new developments that enable us to work through our individual and cultural traumas. If we do not succeed in this, the traumas that have not been integrated will force us to repeat the corresponding traumatic experiences again and again. This principle applies to the further development of the world as well as to the individual journey of healing.” … [click on title to read the rest]

Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

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Psychiatry Must Stop Ignoring Trauma, says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Yes, please, and thank you for saying so! Of course psychiatry must not just stop ignoring trauma, it must stop retraumatizing the already traumatized. It’s clients. The very vulnerable people who seek help and end up being harmed further. Not only are hospitals and a lot of standard treatment horribly abusive the medications have been found to be further agents of trauma. It’s also true that coercion, subtle or otherwise, is the rule in psychiatric care and that the United Nations has also declared forced treatment to be a form of torture. … [click on title to read the rest]

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