The anniversary posts: the 5 years off psychiatric drugs documented

new life upon freedom from psych drugs

This will be posted in the navigation drop-down menu section for easy access. – Below this introduction are a list of the anniversary posts I’ve written each year since I came off. They are pieces that consider the entire process and what it’s meant to me. – After approximately two decades on psych meds I came off a six drug cocktail in about six years. This proved to be a gargantuan task. […] When we learn to listen to the body once again we find that we can come into alignment with all of life in ways I hadn’t even conceived of as possible until I was forced to start paying attention (once I was bedridden and so sick I couldn’t move or speak…that all proved to be a powerful motivator for me. I was not going to give up) — Once we listen we learn that the body has wisdom that far exceeds anything we learn intellectually. Incredible healing wisdom. Learning to listen is key. The sooner we learn to do that the better. … [click on title to read the rest]

Change, change, change


Sometimes I hear people say that nothing is changing. That psychiatry continues to harm and that for this reason despair rather than hope is warranted. — I don’t see it this way at all anymore. — I often take a moment for gratitude when I consider how many mental health professionals now read and share my work and other similar work all over social networks…it’s incredible how much has changed since I first started writing and editing Beyond Meds… I see things change everyday and am constantly motivated because the one thing I do see, everyday, is change…The monolith which is the psychiatric/pharmaceutical system may take more time, but change is everywhere…in every one of us always… [click on title to read the rest]

Depression as pain


So much talk of disease these days. Depression is a disease. Mental illness is a disease. — The language of disease is soothing: there is nothing wrong with you, you are not crazy, you are not different, you are not “less.” You just have a disease. Like diabetes. — Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition: you take your insulin, you are fine (well, sorta: you also have a shorter life expectancy and likelihood of nerve damage, eye damage, etc.). So is the “disease” of mental illness. Nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or that someone hurt you. It’s no one’s fault. — So here’s what’s wrong with this lovely, guilt-free approach to mental pain. one: it dooms you to a lifetime of disability. You are a lifetime depressive, bipolar, OCD sufferer, schizophrenic. The disease is here to stay. … [click on title to read the rest]

Consider the possibility that sensitive folks are not mentally ill


Included are Facebook status updates from the last few days. They’ve all been inspired by the #MedicatedAndMighty hashtag on Twitter. See too: No, I was not #MedicatedAndMighty but I sure as heck was medicated

Consider the possibility that sensitive folks are not mentally ill. — “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a sick society.” – Krishnamurti — Who are the really sick ones in society? Those who pretend we are not all connected. Those who imagine they are not part of the sickness that impacts every human being. …[Click on title to read the rest of the post]

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]

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]


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