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]
From October 9th through 12th, 2014, Mad in America will be hosting its first International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. Our mission is to foster the pursuit of social justice and human rights by bringing together an international collective of voices, perspectives, and artistic presentations that challenge the current mental health system and explore alternative understandings of “mental illness.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The most important thing about cold-turkey to understand is that just because you’ve heard of someone that managed to do it successfully (or you are the one who did it successfully) doesn’t mean it’s a generally safe thing for others to do. The risk involved if things go wrong are potentially radically life-changing in the extreme negative so it’s simply not a risk worth taking unless one is faced with an immediate life-threatening side-effect from the drugs. That is the only time that cold-turkey is appropriate and wise…in that instance one should have easy access to emergency medical services. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
believe and know… (as it pertains to the experience of psych drug withdrawal syndrome or serious illness)
If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. — Mahatma Gandhi
That is certainly how recovering from the heinousness of the iatrogenic injury of psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome has worked for me!! — my unrelenting determination to find a way through the maze of autonomic nervous system chaos has, indeed, brought me many gifts and continued healing…and it’s not done yet! … [click on title for the rest of the post]
One of the most interesting psychiatrists I ever met was writing a book called “The Stoning of the Prophets” because he correctly (IMO) viewed the drugging of incipient revelation (psychosis) as a horrible thing…I believe these phenomena are in fact deeply spiritual but there are few healers who know how to help people through the terrain…so they instead believe they’re sick.
There are now, more and more folks finding ways through the terrain…and slowly more people who can be helpers and guides. It saddens me when people aren’t able to find such folks in their lives to offer such support and that happens far too often. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The truth is that far too often MDs are not only untrained in helping folks come off psych drugs, they also don’t know how to recognize serious withdrawal issues. Just as Baylissa speaks about in the video. It makes for a very dangerous situation. A lot of folks are told that their very serious withdrawal issues are psychiatric and not real.
I’m now going to cut and paste an old post about this phenomena that includes some suggestions about how one might go about finding a doctor to work with if one decides they’d like to come off psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Robert Whitaker has argued for years that millions of the people who are prescribed those drugs derive no benefit from them. And in fact, the drugs may make their illness worse.
Mr. Whitaker’s criticisms were controversial when he published his research in a 2010 book calledAnatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. That book, though, won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award, and since its publication, an increasing number of psychiatric researchers have come to agree with his conclusions. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
These videos are great way to revisit or be introduced to Robert Whitaker’s work. This is a talk he delivered in Denmark. Pass it on!
In Part 2, Whitaker digs down deep into the research pertaining to psychiatric medication and demonstrates quite clearly that the studies paint a very different picture that the prevalent common wisdom of the day.
What is the reason for this discrepancy? Misinformation? Disinformation? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Laura’s been there and she knows.
LEARNING HOW TO BE IN IT — her relationship to the unknown.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us Laura.
This video offers tips, suggestions, and hope for those in psychiatric drug withdrawal from ex-”Bipolar” patient and psychiatric liberation writer and activist, Laura Delano. … [click on title for the rest of the post]