Neuroplasticity of the brain

Steven Morgan has once again kindly allowed me to post an excellent article he has written on the brain and mental illness. See here and here for other work he's done. I'm becoming a great admirer of his work. I apologize for the formatting. Sometimes wordpress refuses to cooperate. Rethinking the Potential of the Brain... Continue Reading →

An open letter to liberals and feminists

As someone with liberal political views who also identifies as a feminist I am repeatedly frustrated, disappointed and angered by the left's neglect of the human rights of those who have been psychiatrized. On this blog I tend not to emphasize my politics outside the political issues surrounding mental health because regardless of our political... Continue Reading →

What is compassion

What is the experience of true compassion? While recognizing mind essence, there’s some sense of being wide awake and free. At the same time, there’s some tenderness that arises without any cause or condition. There is a deep-felt sense of being tender. Not sad in a depressed way, but tender, and somewhat delighted at the... Continue Reading →

Depression’s Evolutionary Roots

Excerpt from Scientific American: There is another possibility: that, in most instances, depression should not be thought of as a disorder at all. In an article recently published in Psychological Review, we argue that depression is in fact an adaptation, a state of mind which brings real costs, but also brings real benefits. One reason... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day — you will be dead soon enough!

“Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.” -- William Saroyan

A heroines journey

Another recovery story submitted by the author. Submissions may be sent to me at any time if you are interested in sharing a recovery story. MANAGING AND RECOVERING FROM PSYCHOSIS WITH THE HELP OF JUNG AND CAMPBELL By Mary in SC I was 27 years old when I fell into psychosis. I was a moderately... Continue Reading →

Alison Bass on Madness Radio — Paxil on Trial

When GlaxoSmithKline was caught lying about the risks of its blockbuster anti-depressant Paxil, it set off ongoing investigations. How did New York state take on one of the world's most powerful companies? Was NY Governor Eliot Spitzer driven out by his corporate enemies? Pulitzer-nominated Boston Globe journalist Alison Bass, author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor,... Continue Reading →

Jim S. story of recovery

Some of you may be familiar with Jim S, a frequent commenter on this blog in the last several weeks. He has an awesome story of recovery and has generously shared it with us here. Check out his extensive website for more details about his recovery and life. This is a what is becoming a... Continue Reading →

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