My Pain is in the Pill

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Very moving poem by Russell Baugher. (video) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Driving while medicated: psychiatric drugs increase driving risk

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This is a repost and a public service announcement. I think this cannot be appreciated enough and it’s a very difficult topic for folks on any sort of mind altering medication which are certainly not limited to psychiatric drugs.

The classes of drugs being discussed here are SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and the z-drugs like Ambien and Lunesta. I know from having taken them that neuroleptics (antipsychotics) too are egregiously guilty for making people NOT ALERT. I don’t think this should surprise anyone as they are also call MAJOR TRANQUILIZERS. All psych drugs that effect mood and affect can dull response time, so that includes those drugs that get called mood stabilizers too. This is something I’ve written about several times because people on these medications are rarely aware or honest about how impaired they are on these medications. I know that even though I knew I was impaired the thought of not being able to drive was too frightening for me to deal with the situation responsibly, though I did choose to stop driving towards the end of my withdrawal as I became more and more aware of the risk I posed.

This is something people who take meds want to stay the hell away from. I understand that completely. Not being able to drive is tantamount to losing freedom. Yet understanding all the negative ways meds impede us is extremely important when we make choices for treatment.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

The inner voice: dare to listen

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We must turn away from the cacaphony of the outerworld to hear the inner voice. When we can dare to live its promptings, then we achieve personhood. We may become strangers to those who thought they knew us, but at least we are no longer strangers to ourselves. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Shaking medicine

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I am struck with gratitude sometimes at the mere thought of how many different things can aid us in healing. It’s a sad thing that modern medicine is clutched in a sort of poverty mentality so that it cannot even recognize some of our most profound vehicles of transformation. This is why I share as many different modes of therapeutic practice as I can find. We all respond and resonate to different combinations of things and in the end being healthy and whole is just about learning to live well and that means recognizing that which is helpful to us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

You do not need to know precisely what is happening

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Well, basically, we cannot ever really know what is happening, but, yeah:
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

There is nothing wrong with you

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I’ve known that Cheri Huber identifies somewhat with the label “bipolar” because I once went to a retreat at her center in Mountain View and I’ve met others who know her. What makes her an effective teacher, in part, is that there is a deep understanding about how the phenomena that gets labeled bipolar is part of the normal spectrum of being human and coming to understand it allows one to understand their own humanity and that of others while freeing themselves from whatever suffering it might be causing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mad in America Film Festival

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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]

Wow!! (Saturday Mellow)

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Mama earth doing her thing … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Interdependence day: we are all connected

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The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. — Thomas Merton

I am a citizen of the world and the universe. I shy away from any form of nationalism. Division harms us. That doesn’t erase our important differences either. It simply avoids underscoring them. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act

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Some people seem to feel very threatened by people’s personal experiences and stories if they differ from their own…it makes it very difficult for folks with such experience to talk about what has happened to them. That’s not okay. Those of us who’ve identified psychiatric drugs and/or treatment as having been very destructive to our lives and well-being are often in this position. Many folks feel comfortable doing whatever they can to silence us. I’ve been told that sharing my story is actually a form of recklessness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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