Quotes for today

Be content to progress in slow steps until you have legs to run and wings with which to fly. ~ Padre Pio _______ We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. ~ Carl Jung _______ Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you... Continue Reading →

Links from out and about (for Sunday)

This was being saved for Tuesday but there is some great stuff coming out and people like to read on Sunday: Depression's Upside -- New York Times -- Jonah Lehrer Book Review: 'Eat Your Way to Happiness' by Elizabeth Somer LA Times -- Put down that Prozac prescription and head for the pantry, says Elizabeth... Continue Reading →

Madness Radio: Prison Mental Health Terry Kupers

The US incarcerates more people than any country in the world - and 70% are people of color. Do we need better mental health care inside prisons -- or do prisons themselves cause trauma and madness? Psychiatrist and civil lawsuit expert witness Dr.Terry Kupers, author of Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and... Continue Reading →

Widespread questioning of psychiatry in the media

We've never seen such a mass amount of media coverage about the weakness of bio-psychiatry before. It's quite amazing and one wonders where it will lead. Today the Wall Street Journal continues the dialogue: To flip through the latest draft of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, in the works for seven years... Continue Reading →

A twist on negative thoughts

The neuronal gossip that keeps you from seeing your mind in its fullness doesn’t really change the fundamental nature of your mind. Thoughts like “I’m ugly,” “I’m stupid,” or “I’m boring” are nothing more than a kind of biological mud, temporarily obscuring the brilliant qualities of Buddha nature, or natural mind. –Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, from... Continue Reading →

Friday links

More information to think about: These Drugs Generated Most Adverse Event Reports -- Pharmalot -- In the third quarter of 2009, the number of serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events reported to the FDA numbered 29,065, compared to 26,809 in the same quarter a year earlier, an 8.4 percent rise, according to the Institute... Continue Reading →

Medicating kids is in the limelight…

There was a horrifying article the other day in the New York Times oozing praise on Judith Warner. It turned my stomach and I had no interest in sharing it here as I can't write commentary at this time. But today, with the below piece I'm happy to bring light to this atrocity. This article... Continue Reading →

A writer’s life

Both of these quotes are from Kathleen Norris, from her book A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life: Acedia & Me: On Relationships: "Imagine for a moment that the people you encounter at home, work, or school are the very people God has given you to pray with, eat with, and play with for the... Continue Reading →

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

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