Update on the state of my mental health

I'm having a hard time. My stress tolerance is at an all time low even though I'm not having PMS right now. Since going out on disability that was the only time I felt like I was on the edge to any huge degree. Now with my brother dying as well as some other stressors... Continue Reading →

My cousin the psychiatrist

An interesting side note about my trip to California was that I spent a bit of time, (I wish I had had more) with my cousin, who is a psychiatrist. My father immigrated to America as a young man and this is a cousin from his country. Twice while growing up I spent a year... Continue Reading →

Random musings on this trip to California which has now come to an end

So I've been in California for two weeks and a day now. My brother remains about the same and we are no closer to knowing how and when exactly it will end. I'm going home tomorrow. It's all a shitty game of statistics. I don't know when I'll have to come back--it could be two... Continue Reading →

Accidental Cold Turkey

I had a rude experience of accidental "cold turkey" withdrawal in the last 36 hours. I went to bed last night with a clear recollection of having taken my meds. My evening rituals are all messed up because I'm at my sister's house and I'm staying in a "guest house" outside, considerably away from the... Continue Reading →

Childhood abuse as causative factor in mental illness

At "Why Can't the Past Just Die," thememoryartist posts an article reviewing a book that will hopefully make an impact. (That blog no longer exists -- the article is also printed here)  It's about how childhood abuse is so often a major causative factor of mental illness. This is something I've believed for years. Most... Continue Reading →

Psychiatry Residents don’t volunteer information for informed consent

We can easily assume that psychiatrists in general have the same habits as the residents talked about in the article below as many of our lived experiences suggest. When we are young, desperate and naive, how many of us think to ask the pertinent questions? And then when we are thoroughly brainwashed to believe meds are the only way, how many of us really want to know the risks? If we have no alternatives, as we are led to believe, doesn't it feel safer to just not know? These "passive" doctors are taking the easy way out to our great expense. ...

15-Year Follow-Up Schizophrenia Study: NoDrugs = Better Chance at Recovery

The above title is taken from the AHRP blog's analysis on the study that I mentioned the other day in a post. I posted the abstract which no longer seems to be available at the Journal of Nervous Mental Disease's website. You can see it here at MindFreedom. Vera Sharav, the author of the AHRP... Continue Reading →

On hope and the belief that one can recover

Dan Fisher teaches hope by experience. He's a recovered schizophrenic and a psychiatrist. His organization the National Empowerment Center does wonderful things for "consumers." Jayme at Rayne's World writes a post partly inspired by Dan and the work they've recently done together. Yes, mental illness need not be a life sentence.

Bipolar and Neurofeedback–in children: it applies to anyone, adult or child who might get diagnosis

Siegfried Othmer responds to Papolos regarding childhood bipolar disorder. While accepting much of what Papolos describes as bipolar disorder he proposes using neurofeedback to correct what he simply calls various brain instabilitities: Bipolar Disorder is simply a shorthand descriptor for a certain kind of brain instability, and neurofeedback is fundamentally a strategy for enhancing brain... Continue Reading →

Critique of the serotonin hypothesis in depression

This is an old article about antidepressants and the scam involved in their marketing, but it is still extremely relevant. No new information for me, but it covers a lot of information I think is very important and I just want to pass it on. Just for your information when "DTCA" is referred to it... Continue Reading →

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