Developing a Compassionate Voice as a Step Toward Living With Voices

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By Ron Unger … a video has just become available which, in 5 minutes, very coherently explains how a compassion focused approach can completely transform a person’s relationship with their voices and so transform the person’s life! … [click on title to read the rest]

Letter to the Mother of a “Schizophrenic”: We Must Do Better

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Again and again I am told the ‘severely mentally ill’ are impaired and incapable, not quite human. I am told they are like dementia patients wandering in the snow, with no capacity and no cure, not to be listened to or related to. I am told they must be controlled by our interventions regardless of their own preferences, regardless of the trauma that forced treatment can inflict, regardless of the simple duty we have to regard others with caring, compassion, and respect, regardless of the guarantees of dignity we afford others in our constitution and legal system. I am told the “high utilizers” and “frequent flyers” burden services because they are different than the rest of us. I am told the human need for patience doesn’t apply to these somehow less-than-human people. And when I finally do meet the people carrying that terrible, stigmatizing label of schizophrenia, what do I find? I find – a human being. A human who responds to the same listening and curiosity that I, or anyone, responds to. … [click on title to read the rest]

Social media and blogging hiatus

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Update: other regular authors who have dashboard access may be publishing while I continue to take hiatus. — The front homepage of the blog has been reorganized with posts that include collections so folks can peruse the archives more easily while I’m not actively posting. Please also visit the drop down menus for more access to the archives. (…) I’ve not posted anything for 5 days now. A few of you have reached me to ask what is up. It’s very unusual for me to not post even one day, so yes, you’re right, I’ve had a shift. … [click on title to read the rest]

Love and sex and attachment

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I have shared Helen Fisher’s work before on Beyond Meds. She has done important work looking at how psychiatric drugs affect bonding and love. That post is here: Psych drugs damage ability to love/bond. I also consider in it what might be happening to young people who are going through sexual development while growing up on these drugs in that post. What I’m sharing today is much more generalized and not specifically about psychiatric drugs. There are a lot of details about romantic love in 21st century. I found it quite interesting and often quite optimistic while also taking a sobering look at the reality we find ourselves in. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Understanding our bodies…a skill to develop and trust. MDs often don’t support this.

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This issue comes up again and again among the folks I frequently hang out with online. People so badly want to find the perfect doctor and get very frustrated when again and again they are disrespected and/or given treatments that further harm them. I figured out a long time ago that I understand my body far better than any doctor does and the only MDs I’ll work with now (on an ongoing basis) are people who actually appreciate this. I never enter a new relationship with a health professional with any expectations as well. It allows for much less frustrating experiences. At the very best I’ll find a partner in my care…not someone who will tell me what to do without regard to my own particular experience. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Discoveries from Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

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There was a review/interview in the Guardian the other day. The author or editor subtitles the piece: “Do you believe you can think yourself well, changing the very structure of your brain over time through rigorous training? Norman Doidge does”… — that is an irresponsible and misleading understanding of what Doidge is talking about. This isn’t about “thinking” oneself well, it’s about developing new habits and the brain then develops new neuro-pathways which allows us to change our experience. This is also what Bessel van der Kolk is talking about when he speaks to healing trauma in, The Body Keeps Score. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Modern Mental Health/ The Problem with Evidence Based Treatment

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By Jon Keyes: Often when I work with someone who comes to see me I am at a loss of where to begin. Emotional distress such as depression, insomnia and anxiety often have so many tangled roots that it is hard to know where to begin. Distress often has its roots in multiple origins such as trauma, ongoing stress as well as poor lifestyle and dietary habits. On a deeper level, distress can be thought of as a singular expression of a larger pattern of disharmony that spans the globe due to underlying systemic problems of racism, poverty, colonialism and ecological devastation. If we think of the planet as one living organism, then emotional distress is a signal of systemic suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Brief and lovely gentle yoga (good for the challenged nervous system too)

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I found the below gentle yoga for the morning. It’s also good for those of us with seriously challenged nervous systems at any time of the day. Those of us with protracted withdrawal syndrome need to be gentle and learn to listen to our bodies very carefully as we heal. Even yoga can trigger us or put us over the edge if we’re not careful. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Today: 5 years free from the psych drug cocktail

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It’s been five years today since I completed a six year withdrawal process from a large cocktail of psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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