Getting healthy

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I find it ironic that practicing simple healthy habits is called “alternative” health and/or medicine.

I’m not using “alternative” health modalities. I’m getting healthy without medication after conventional medical treatment with drugs profoundly wrecked my wellbeing. Our language obfuscates. It’s quite Orwellian, in fact.

Getting healthy in my mind means returning to or rediscovering what being in tune with our body/mind and spirit entails. Nothing alternative about that. It’s about returning to our animal inheritance. It’s foundational to simply being human. … [click on title to read and view more]

If you’re paying attention your heart breaks regularly

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If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders. … [click on title to read and view more]

An ordinary & successful, middle-aged man’s story of going down the antidepressant rabbit hole

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This is the story of an ordinary and successful, middle-aged man going down the antidepressant rabbit hole. He had no history of psychiatric care or psych drug use until he was well into maturity. We’re so often told psychiatric drug withdrawal issues are from “pre-existing conditions.” There are many who hang on to that belief and try to deny the harm the drugs cause. Folks like this man help make it clear that this is something that can happen to anyone who takes these drugs and it does happen to us without discrimination of any kind. There are many thousands and maybe millions impacted in some way by how these drugs debilitate. A lot of people don’t even know that is why they’re sick. These drugs make people sick and doctors don’t even know that is why there is so much chronic illness in those labeled with mental illness. The drugs create illness that was never there. It’s an epidemic that is being denied. … [click on title to read and view more]

Yoga nidra: deep (conscious) sleep, relax and rejuvinate

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I’ve been doing yoga nidra meditations for a couple of years as part of my collection of healing practices. Lately I’ve been doing a lot more of it and it’s so deeply relaxing and healing I thought it was time I shared it. I have to say that even though I’ve been doing it for two years it’s only recently from a greater state of well-being that I’ve come to deeply appreciate the profundity of this practice.

“Yoga Nidra is an an ancient form of guided meditation that has been proven effective to reduce stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other psychological disorders.” … [click on title to read and view more]

UCLA study: non-drug treatment may reverse Alzheimer’s (these lifestyle changes are also good for all mental health)

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This is a good place to start for most mental health issues of any kind, really — and, well, for general well-being too. Good health is actually rather simple. Sadly the human species has traveled a very very long way from simplicity and so it’s not always, by any means, straightforward to get back to good-health. Still we can take many meaningful steps in that direction and over time make some very big changes. I’ve seen it done again and again among those I work with and I’ve done it for myself. … [click on title to read and view more]

It gets better: Speech Psych Drug Withdrawal Symptoms (Dysarthria)

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NOTE: the below symptoms can be found in any protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome and are not limited to benzodiazepines. The autonomic nervous system is potentially impacted by all the different classes of psych meds and thus these neurological symptoms can be seen when coming off any class of psych drug. … [click on title to read and view more]

Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it?

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To reframe what we’ve generally been told about mental anguish and suffering by the mental illness system is a very important part of healing. Psychiatry makes out that the individual is sick. A much more honest as well as empowering way to view much mental anguish is to see ourselves as part of the web of life. Our despair is telling us something very real and valid. We should listen to it and pay attention and learn. Feeling pain is not a weakness, it is a capacity. We can learn to let it fuel us rather than cripple us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Communicating With Psychosis | Dina Tyler: Madness Radio

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Are there ways to reach people in states of madness? How do talking with ghosts, hearing voices, and seeing visions – as well as enduring family turmoil – relate to psychotic crisis?

When Dina Tyler discovered the meaning of life in an altered state, the treatment she received only inflicted further trauma. Dina instead embraced her madness as a guiding force for recovery, and found a way to leave labels and medications behind. Today she works as a counselor to youth experiencing psychosis, communicating across different realities with people driven away from traditional care. … [click on title to read and view more]

World mental health day: empowering ways to consider your experience

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The way we consider and interpret our experience is critically important. Psychiatry and most of the mental illness system tells us we will never get better and that we will have to manage the disease of mental illness for the rest of our lives most often by taking toxic medications which can seriously negatively impact the quality of our lives and even kill us up to 25 years earlier than the rest of the population. It simply does not have to be this way. It’s often not true that people’s only option is to take dangerous medications for the rest of their lives and yet most people are not told about any options.

Part of coming to understand how profoundly we are capable of healing and transformation is to first know that it’s possible. I know 1000s of folks who’ve been able to discover this now. There is no denying that people suffer greatly and that sometimes that sort of suffering gets labeled by the psychiatric establishment. But what is also true is that many people have chosen to refuse to let psychiatry hand over a prognosis of disability and a lifetime of distress. Transformation and profound healing is possible. … [click on title to read and view more]

Faith…does not mean the belief in assertions for which there is no evidence

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Faith…does not mean the belief in assertions for which there is no evidence. It never meant that in genuine religion, and it never should be abused in this sense. But faith means being grasped by a power that is greater than we are, a power that shakes us and turns us, and transforms us and heals us. Surrender to this power is faith. … [click on title to read and view more]

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