No, I was not #MedicatedAndMighty but I sure as heck was medicated


The point is not to compete but to make clear that all our voices matter whether we find ourselves needing drugs or not. Being pragmatic and recognizing that the context of every life is unique is the most important thing. Diversity is real. It’s about learning to understand that we can have what seem to be contradictory experiences and both be legit
#MedicatedAndMighty or not. Yes, diversity is real…it’s not about whose experience is right or wrong… One persons medicine is another’s poison. It’s clear that people have experience of being helped by and harmed by drugs both. — Because of the twitter hashtag that is now popular. – People don’t need to be ashamed of being on psych drugs…but the fact is those of us who seek to come off are met with far more resistance by the establishment and we find that doctors don’t even know how to help us come off. This is a tragedy for many thousands of people. **Everyone deserves to be heard.** — Also because it keeps coming up again and again. I have said, and I mean it, there is nothing wrong with being fat if healthy. I was not healthy. I had metabolic syndrome. Most psych drugs can be associated with causing metabolic syndromes in people who were previously healthy. Metabolic syndrome causes diabetes and heart disease and often kills people. This is serious. It’s something people should understand when they are considering psych drugs. … [click on title to read more]

Suicide prevention month. Learn to listen to and love those with these impulses.


I’m reposting the below info because today is the last day of suicide prevention month. I have seen far too many people in the care of social services and standard mental health care grossly retraumatized rather than helped when feeling their most vulnerable because people do not understand these loving, accepting and healing approaches. They are based in deep trust for the process of the individual who presents themselves in front of you. Listen. Love. … [click on title to read the post]

Advanced adventures in healing the gut: biofilm eradication


Having this information BEFORE coming off psych drugs might actually help one heal enough to not do as much damage in that process. I don’t know this for certain but I intuit that it’s likely. Healing the gut also helps heal the psyche in general for folks who’ve not started taking psych meds. This is something I know. — Biofilms are likely implicated in all the chronic illnesses that I’ve found those of us with protracted withdrawal issues have in common. That includes chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and many autoimmune issues.(The most key factor for those of us impacted with severe protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome is that the nervous system can’t tolerate the necessary detox until necessary time and initial care has been taken. For me that meant several years of nursing my nervous system with an uber clean diet, meditation, yoga, and very very slow detox with gentle agents generally not recommended by anyone who is into detox because detox at the stage I’m finally able to handle now and that I’m sharing is far too aggressive for those of us with a damaged nervous system from psych drugs) …[click title to read more]

Our bodies hold our personal mythologies

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Our bodies, in perfect reflection of our psyches, hold our personal mythologies. In this way we are all unique. This is what western medicine does not get. Clinical trials can never capture this. … [click on title to read more]

My amazing healing body…


I’m on a kick…not writing on the blog so much and out and about a bit more and also meditating a lot too. Healing is fun if also sometimes still overwhelming.

My body is teaching me to get healthy. No one else knew how to do that. It’s a celebratory wonder.

My body has only ever wanted my attention…it’s always been about survival and evolution and healing…and it leads to freedom.

The body’s capacities are awe inspiring and it’s so sad too…what we do to our bodies…shutting down these incredibly intelligent creatures. … [click on title to read the rest]

Healing from Psychiatry: An Artist’s Perspective


Alison is right her situation is not unique, I too was struck in similar fashion and have corresponded now with thousands of others who have been too. I too found many different artistic forms of expression to be a critical part of transforming my experience and healing. This is a very informative video and Alison’s project also strikes me as deeply inspired. … [click on title to read and view more]

Depression Delusion: an introduction by the author, Terry Lynch, MD


By Terry Lynch, MD — I know people can recover fully having received diagnoses of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. I know because I have seen this, both in my work, and through contact with people over many years. Full recovery is possible. Hard work, but possible. The common medical response to recovery – that it must have been a misdiagnosis and the person never actually had that condition – does not suffice. The people I am talking about met all the medical criteria for these psychiatric labels. Psychiatry is the only medical specialty where the mindset does not routinely include aiming for the best possible outcomes. … [click on title to read and view more]

A prescription that works: Nature Rx


Nature has kept me alive and given me hope. Over and over again. It’s too bad this is considered a joke because it’s very serious. People are dying (literally and/or spiritually) because we are largely cut off from our understanding of who we are. We are members of a community of many diverse species on a planet bursting with yet more life. We are all connected and we need it all. We must remember that we are just one bit of the web of life. Still…go ahead and enjoy the video…I did. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Marijuana for Mental Health Conditions?


By Will Hall — Cannabis (marijuana) is now legal in two states, legal for medical use in 23 more, and polls show the majority of Americans support legalization. As a counselor working with people diagnosed with psychosis and mental illness I am often asked about my clinical — as well as my personal — experience with medical cannabis. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Fear is contagious. You can catch it.


“Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real. Mo was terrified, and now Nick was too.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book — This is true fear is contagious. It’s something worth deeply contemplating. We need not fear, however, because one can also free oneself by recognizing what has happened. Then the contagion comes to an end. Observation is a form of illumination. Fear is a shadow energy and it cannot survive illumination. In other words Franklin D. Roosevelt was right. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]


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