Quote of the day

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. -- Charles DuBois

In other words “shit happens”…

But psychiatrists want to pathologize our reactions to this shit as seen in the last post. It is sometimes difficult to see and understand that changing conditions are not mistakes. They feel that way because we sometimes think that if we were only smart enough or careful enough, we could avoid all unpleasantness—that we wouldn’t... Continue Reading →

I’m going home today

I will be gone from 12 noon eastern time until about 7 or 8 pm. I may have a couple of posts scheduled but I'm not actually online. I'll be seeing the doctor I met one more time for a final consultation and reviewing some lab work (it's not all back) as well as getting... Continue Reading →

Bitterness disorder—no f-ing joke!

As far as I'm concerned bitterness, like mourning, is a part of a normal process that needs to be worked through and healed. No doubt hatefully bitter people are miserable and can hurt others and need to figure shit out, but again THIS IS ABOUT PATHOLOGIZING something from the NORMAL RANGE of human experience after... Continue Reading →

Keener’s Odyssey part 4

Part 1 and 2 here and part 3 here. Here’s a bit more about why I am so anti-anti-depressants and have strong leanings toward being anti-psychiatry. Although ultimately I believe I am pro-me.This blog splurges up some more detail about my relationship with Effexor and the so called ‘caring’ services. So, I began the withdrawal... Continue Reading →

Words of power by Maya Angelou

Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day

This is how change happens, though. It is a relay race, and we're very conscious of that, that our job really is to do our part of the race, and then we pass it on, and then someone picks it up, and it keeps going. And that is how it is. And we can do... Continue Reading →

Guest writer speaks about ECT and reviews Linda Andre’s book: Doctors of Deception: What They Don’t Want You to Know About Shock Treatment

The Human Face of the FDA’s Failure to Investigate Risky Medical Devices On April 8th, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to finally require manufacturers of medical devices marketed prior to 1976 to submit evidence of the devices’ safety and efficacy. These devices had been “grandfathered” in and despite the FDA’s assessment that... Continue Reading →

The manifesto of a noncompliant mental patient

This is a beautiful piece. Please read! Submitted and authored by Aubrey Ellen Shomo I see it everywhere: People with mental illness need medication. It sounds reasonable. Today, there are even political organizations that seek to make it easy to force a person to take it. It's easy to look at another and assume things... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers,... Continue Reading →

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