We don’t know what is right for another. I practice that in speech and deed.

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It is not a good idea to tell people what they need in the way of supplements and it can sometimes be dangerous…especially if folks are taking psychiatric medications and/or are in the process of withdrawal from psych drugs.

Supplements in a hypersensitized body (as many are after having been on psychiatric drugs) can be quite dangerous. It’s not okay to assume that something that worked well for you or someone you know is safe for someone you’ve never met here on this page (or anywhere else you might be likely to hand out such advice) You can share your experience here, but I ask you to refrain from directing people to what they should take and to refrain from thinking you know anything about what might be appropriate and safe for someone you do not know (or for that matter someone you do know, too as you won’t know their body) basically everyone needs to find their own sense of guidance and intuition. Your experience may help inform their experience but it’s rare that someone can safely simply copy what another has done and it’s not a good idea to tell folks what to do…pretty much ever. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

4 Ways Parents Teach Kids that Consent Doesn’t Matter

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We systematically learn to NOT trust ourselves in our culture right now. We can stop passing this to future generations by supporting our children in some of these ways. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

This blind man sees with his heart

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A Saturday mellow post that is also inspiring and lovely. Team captain Silvio Velo tells us why big hearts makes for better soccer than eyesight.

Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to the ER Yearly

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Can you say iatrogenic injury? Never mind the many thousands of us who suffer protracted withdrawal issues causing disability that are completely denied by the medical establishment…most of us have to start hiding from doctors who want to give us more drugs rather than give our poor bodies the chance to heal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Why I think antidepressants cause more harm than good (The Lancet, by Peter Gøtzsche)

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Peter Gøtzsche responds to David Nutt et al in The Lancet Psychiatry (journal). This is an important conversation that’s happening in a public forum in the UK….I’m also sharing a video with Peter Gøtzsche below that I’ve shared before. He’s doing critically important work and making lots of people very uncomfortable. Those of us who’ve been gravely harmed are very appreciative that he’s speaking the truth where it most needs to be shared right now. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

If you could live your life without depression…

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If someone told me that I could live my life again free of depression provided I was willing to give up the gifts depression has given me–the depth of awareness, the expanded consciousness, the increased sensitivity, the awareness of limitation, the tenderness of love, the meaning of friendship, the appreciation of life, the joy of a passionate heart–I would say, ‘This is a Faustian bargain! Give me my depressions. Let the darkness descend. But do not take away the gifts that depression, with the help of some unseen hand, has dredged up from the deep ocean of my soul and strewn along the shores of my life. I can endure darkness if I must; but I cannot live without these gifts. I cannot live without my soul … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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]

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