For those of you who haven’t read this recent story in the New York Times, I highly recommend it. It is essentially a woman’s (Linda Logan’s) rich and moving autobiographical account of her struggle with “bipolar disorder.” The main message that I imagine most people will take away from this story is that the current mental health care system has some real problems — especially with regard to the often cold and dehumanizing way that “patients” are treated—but that the general paradigm from which this treatment model has emerged is simply not to be questioned. In other words, Linda has clearly adopted the “mental illness as a lifelong brain disease” paradigm and has personally identified as someone who has such a “mental illness.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
It’s a shame we’re not taught to contemplate the changes our bodies/minds/spirit go through with the change of seasons. It’s been a source of some of my deepest revelations to note that I too am part of these cycles. So lovely! Not SAD (seasonal affective disorder) :-)
I was happy to read Laura Kerr’s new piece just as I was feeling spring approaching too. My entire being tingles with the change! I’ve made brief mention of the movement in the fall before. But spring, is, without doubt, more exciting. … [click on title to read the rest]
Faith has abandoned her old diagnosis of bipolar 1, severe with psychotic features, in favor of a holistic understanding of madness. She deeply values the human right to define one’s own experiences in ways that encourage wisdom, gratitude, strength, and possibility. … Faith’s experience is much like mine. I just love this video. She articulates the dilemma with brilliance. This is a very good way to spend a little more than six minutes. … [click on title to read the rest]
The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony. Neuroscience calls it an “evolutionary jump” and Jungians call it the process of Individuation. The good news is, if you love, your heart should be broken at some point in your life. If not, your love may remain the innocent love of a child. Ginette Paris will demonstrate how neuroscience agrees with the basic tenants of depth psychology and will discuss how the process of Individuation begins with heartbreak. … [click on title to read the rest]
Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. Which is why many techniques to cope with anxiety have been inspired by Buddhism. There are many methods to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. As individuals some of us may be more prone to more intensity than others. We can all work with whatever it is we experience.
Good morning. I’ve been going into a natural sort of winter withdrawal it seems…a lull of sorts. More meditation and contemplation, less writing. So the blog most likely will be quieter over the holiday as the timing makes sense. As always, should something pop up I may still end up posting. have a good long weekend everyone…