The truth about benzos (Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, etc)

In The Guardian today: They used to be called 'mother's little helpers', pill prescribed to stressed suburban housewives as a miracle pick-me-up. Now benzodiazepines are proving popular again, this time as an alternative to heroin. The tranquilliser boomed in the Sixties and Seventies as a supposedly safe alternative to barbiturates. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards... Continue Reading →

I have an accident to prove, that, yeah, I probably shouldn’t be driving

A minor one. But an accident, nonetheless. As I've said many times, I am mostly housebound due to chronic, debilitating weakness. Fatigue is a word too many people can claim as their own, everyone having experienced it to some degree. I loathe the word, as it's clear most people have no clue what I'm dealing... Continue Reading →

More wild cat stories

My continuing holiday break series: From one of those emails that tend to be obnoxious: In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, The cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, died shortly after birth.... Continue Reading →

Buy nothing day

Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole... Continue Reading →

In the event that you need reminding that you have something to be thankful for:

HOW RICH ARE YOU? Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world. Wondering what it would be like to have that sort of cash. But where would you sit on one of those lists? Here's your chance to find out. If you have the means to be reading this... Continue Reading →

Info on antidepressants, statins, cholesterol and suicide

Who'd of thunk they might be all tied together. The Healthy Skeptic comes out with more vital information. He's very good at articulating stuff I often read about in concise and clear terms complete with documentation. Cholesterol hype and the use of statin drugs are about as bad psychiatric medication scams and now we see... Continue Reading →

To be or not to be: professional or consumer?

**there is now a page with a collection of posts on: About having been both a mental health professional and a psych patient To be or not to be: professional or consumer? This post started as a comment in the last thread, so some of you may have read the beginning of it, but I go much... Continue Reading →

Yes, recovery can be lasting and real

Part of the reason some people are so skeptical about real and complete recoveries is because a lot of people who achieve it move on. The don't hang around the mental health blogosphere and most of them don't go into working in mental health like I probably will. Most of them go off and live... Continue Reading →

Mania as spiritual emergency

I posted this in the past. I like to repost stuff from time to time since most of my readers have picked me up in the last year or so and some good stuff was posted before then. Also, I'm not very well right now and therefore often not terribly creative. I'm pretty much hunkering... Continue Reading →

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