The possible hazards of benzodiazepine use (Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium etc)

This is another post from very early on in the life of my blog (day three to be precise.) I've amended it quite a bit as I've learned much more and my circumstances have changed significantly, so it's up to date and now reposted: Except in the population of people taking only benzodiazepines and suffering... Continue Reading →

Joy and sorrow

Joy and Sorrow Then a woman said, 'Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.' And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy... Continue Reading →

Kierkegaard on the Couch (NYT opinion today)

I've excerpted the first few paragraphs from an opinion piece today--continue there if you like. Some interesting thoughts to peruse: All progress paves over some bit of knowledge or washes away some valuable practice. Within a few years, e-mail and Twitter moved the art of letter writing to the trash bin. And in an age... Continue Reading →

Anatomy of an epidemic — Robert Whitaker

Today's piece is by Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in American a very compelling history of psychiatry. I post an interesting excerpt from this book here. Apparently a lot of "mad" folk don't stay "mad" in countries where neuroleptics aren't used. Whitaker will be have a new book out in 2010. In it he chronicles... Continue Reading →

Trauma revisited

Trauma is often the cause of mental illness. John Breeding again offers wonderful commentary on this phenomena. Hundreds of thousands of people are misdiagnosed with mental illness when their issue is actually the experience of trauma and meds are not the answer, the expression and discharge of the pain is what is needed. That and... Continue Reading →

Wisdom of feelings

Ordinarily we do not discover the wisdom of our feelings because we do not let them complete their work. - Alan Watts

NAMI’s Betrayal of Its Constituency

I'm on Vera Sharav's mailing list and asked permission today to reprint what she sent out today. Thank you Vera. ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION NAMI's Betrayal of Its Constituency -- By Vera Sharav A Catalyst for Public Debate: Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability Senator Charles Grassley has hit the bull's eye when he... Continue Reading →

More unused footage from “Take these broken wings” (MUST SEE INFO ABOUT HEALING FROM PSYCHOSIS)

This critique of conventional, medical treatments for schizophrenia—and an analysis of the negative effects of Big Pharma—is from unused interview footage from Take These Broken Wings, a 75-minute documentary on recovery from schizophrenia without medicatio. I recorded over seventeen hours of interviews for the film—and wish to make public as much of it as possible,... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: