I would like to suggest an idea for consideration. Much of what is labeled psychiatric disease is grief that has never been expressed or properly felt, or validated. If we have unexplored trauma, then it’s likely we have unexplored grief too. Some of us need to begin a grieving process that never started in order to heal. Some of us have a life-time of grief that needs to be allowed and experienced. We can choose to challenge our culture’s fear of grief and the dark emotions and begin to heal and turn it around. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
By Russell Baugher
I woke up to two EMTs standing at the foot of my bed. My mother stood beside them. They told me kindly and respectfully that if I went willingly there would be no police involvement.
I quietly obliged.
They walked with me out of my bedroom, down the stairs, through the garage, and into the back of the ambulance. They told me to lie down on the stretcher. Next came the straps. The straps were a formality, they said. Standard procedure. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Los Angeles has increased its outpatient involuntary treatment program in spite of UN declaring force torture
Even as we have access to more and more information that links that which gets labeled mental illness to trauma — treatment that exacerbates the trauma response continues to gain legal traction all over the country. This, of course, leads to the epidemic of harm and iatrogenic illness we’re watching happen. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
This is another amazing twitter spiel by a wonderful therapist and twitter friend. I’ve shared another one of these from Martha Crawford before: The psychotherapeutic community needs to tolerate diversity, dissonance, divergence. It’s worth checking out too if you didn’t see it when I posted it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
What is happening in our country and around the world too is tragic and we need to demand it stops. Those harmed by psychiatry sometimes think these issues are particular to psychiatry, but far too much of it is system wide in standard western medicine. The collection of information here is coming from several different sources. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Time to think big.
“We have it within our reach–now–to achieve nearly every dream of mankind.” -Gene Roddenberry
A lesson in sustainable Star Trekonomics featuring Charles Eisenstein, George Carlin, Martin Luther King Jr. and a couple captains of the Enterprise… … [click on title for the rest of the post]
It is not a good idea to tell people what they need in the way of supplements and it can sometimes be dangerous…especially if folks are taking psychiatric medications and/or are in the process of withdrawal from psych drugs.
Supplements in a hypersensitized body (as many are after having been on psychiatric drugs) can be quite dangerous. It’s not okay to assume that something that worked well for you or someone you know is safe for someone you’ve never met here on this page (or anywhere else you might be likely to hand out such advice) You can share your experience here, but I ask you to refrain from directing people to what they should take and to refrain from thinking you know anything about what might be appropriate and safe for someone you do not know (or for that matter someone you do know, too as you won’t know their body) basically everyone needs to find their own sense of guidance and intuition. Your experience may help inform their experience but it’s rare that someone can safely simply copy what another has done and it’s not a good idea to tell folks what to do…pretty much ever. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Lately I’ve not been able to go to my yoga classes. I was going to 2 to 4 classes a week in the spring. Summer brought lower energy last year too. I’m needing to be slow and careful with my body again this summer too. But the change in energy, while reminiscent of last year, is far less impactful this year. Last year I was having far more trouble with this shift and was much more exhausted and just felt really sick again. This year, it’s far easier to see it as a natural rhythm my body goes through with the seasons. I do miss my classes but I seem to be able to go to about 1 a week. Maybe a little less, but it’s clear to me this year that this is not a setback…this is a natural rhythm for me and I need to respect my body’s needs. In that alone there is great healing. I continue to listen to the wisdom of my body. (includes video) … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Discovering this histamine link was a very critical part of my healing journey and it ushered in a time of more rapid improvements once I started tending to it. Here Dr. David Healy supports what some of us have found in his antidepressant withdrawal guide. (it should be noted that this information is relevant to folks who have taken other psych meds as well as most of them impact histamine) … [click on title for the rest of the post]