The soft animal of the body

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By Will Meecham
Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by trauma. Spinal arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many other problems combine to form an inner ledger of the abuse, bereavement, and neglect of my childhood and the uproar, frustration, and terror of my adult experience. Why should this be? Why should trauma have such profound effects on body and mind? It’s useful to remember what it means to live as a human organism. There are many ways to explore this, but let’s try an outside-in approach. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Learned behavior (in the family) matters for mental health

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We pass on our dysfunction to our children. We got our dysfunction from our parents. We’re all in this together. We, now, can choose to break the chain as we become conscious and change our own behavior. We need not blame ourselves for how we find ourselves. We really need not blame anyone. We can, however, by recognizing it, start to change the pattern and free future generations. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Contrary to popular opinion “major depression” can respond to non-drug options!

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YES, thank you…don’t believe the hype about how essential drugs are in severe cases. It’s possible to make healthy choices and avoid neurotoxic and dangerous drugs most of the time. People need to be offered options as a very real possibility. As it stands now people are often misled to believe they need drugs when another method of care may actually be more appropriate for long-term positive outcomes. “Alternative” care needs to become mainstream so that people might become truly and deeply healthy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Finding the Gifts Within Madness

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by Ron Unger
When people are seeing the world really different than we do, it’s often reassuring to think that there must be something wrong with them – because if they are completely wrong, or ill, then we don’t have to rethink our own sense of reality, we can instead be confident about that own understandings encompass all that we need to know. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stop running away

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If there are whole parts of yourself that you are always running from, that you even feel justified in running from, then you’re going to run from anything that brings you into contact with your feelings of insecurity. And have you noticed how often these parts of ourselves get touched? The closer you get to a situation or a person, the more these feelings arise. Often when you’re in a relationship it starts off great, but when it gets intimate and begins to bring out your neurosis, you just want to get out of there. So I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Yoga tips for those with challenged nervous systems

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Because of global and broad hypersensitivity (caused by the psych drug injury) sometimes 2 minutes of yoga is exactly the right amount. Sometimes 2 minutes of yoga right now, 5 minutes a hour from now and 10 minutes before bed is just right. This makes taking classes difficult sometimes and impossible other times. There are […]

Healing as opposed to curing

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Healing to me does not mean returning to what one was before something went wrong. Wholeness does not necessarily mean normal. And even the word recovery is problematic because, frankly, I don’t want what I had before. Who wants to go backwards anyway? Healing means being whole even while still perhaps not functioning like others. Healing also suggests some sort of maturation and growth from “before” for all that is learned on the journey. Ultimately now, I see this journey as one of transformation and individuation. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.

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Those of us recovering from the iatrogenic injuries that psych drugs cause have a very bumpy healing road. It’s never linear and there are just tons and tons of set backs…Not unusually I’ve been having a bumpy ride…and today, the refrain of an old song popped into my head. It’s VERY happy. And today I can see again how I keep learning more and more and my nervous system is also getting stronger.

I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down. So, yeah, Amen and Hallelujah…we have resilient spirits and body and we heal…even if it’s one hell of a bumpy ride. Have fun listening to Tubthumping by Chumbawamba…I just did. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Special Messages | Responding to Alternate Realities

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We’ve learned to co-exist with different beliefs as one of our most cherished values of tolerance in a multicultural society. That lesson can be key for encountering the different realities in situations where someone is being called psychotic, delusional, schizophrenic or mentally ill. Respect and support may stretch our thinking, but can be vital to recovery. Cross-culturally, we accept that even the most strange or unfamiliar belief has value, meaning, and purpose in the person’s life. We give it the benefit of the doubt. The same is true of bizarre beliefs that get called psychosis. And using diagnostic language instead can amount to the same kind of put-down that goes with cultural supremacy and racist insult.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

Somatic Wisdom Technique Part 1

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The Somatic Wisdom Technique (SWT) is a way of accessing our body’s innate wisdom, to become aware of any deep set negative emotional state and then to develop the tools to loosen and release that emotional state. The first step in utilizing the SWT is to sit or lie down in a comfortable place. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and slowly for 10 long breaths. Allow your body and mind to settle down. If anything is bothering you from the day, allow your mind to see your thoughts and then gently move back to following your breath. Sometimes it is helpful to count between 6- 8 seconds on an in breath and between 8-12 seconds on an outbreath. … [click on title to read and view more]

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