Can we give up our ideals of perfection?

We don’t have to live out of our cherished self-images. We don’t have to appear to be calm or clear, or to look “spiritual.” Instead, can we acknowledge who we are—including all of our so-called shortcomings? Can we give up our ideals of perfection? The constant effort it takes to try to fulfill these self-images... Continue Reading →

Collaborating With Madness

An earlier version of this essay appeared in the October 2006 newsletter of the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses, a progressive professional association. It reflects my growing interest in writing and speaking about my extreme states or "psychotic" experiences in themselves, in addition to the treatments I've received.... Continue Reading →

Benzodiazepine Recovery Tips

Clearly, I'm reading and posting all these articles on benzodiazepines because I'm coping with the following issues with a post withdrawal syndrome. It's a syndrome that can go on for many months and in some cases years. It's much easier at this point in the journey to print the words of others who have gone... Continue Reading →

Saturday/Sunday reading…updated

Update In Army’s Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused New York Times -- Essentially the military's psych wards--  But interviews with more than a dozen soldiers and health care professionals from Fort Carson’s transition unit, along with reports from other posts, suggest that the units are far from being restful sanctuaries. For many soldiers, they have become warehouses... Continue Reading →

Stop forced “treatment” from becoming law

Tell Assemblyman Felix Ortiz NO to Kendra's Law. YES to Alternatives. (and choice) Please use the text box on this page to express your opinion to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair of NYS Assembly "Mental Health" Committee. I signed and wrote a slightly longer version of this: Forced "treatment" is a misleading and repulsive oxymoron. Force... Continue Reading →

Enriching words…

The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men... Continue Reading →

NUMB the movie: documentary on SSRI withdrawal

Finally released for this sneak preview. Minnesota filmmaker Phil Lawrence tries to wean himself off anti-depressant medicine, to avoid the pills' effects of leaving him emotionally "numb," and documents the profound changes that affect him and his family. -City Pages After years of living with side effects, a suburban dad puts his life on the... Continue Reading →

Friday material to think about…(updated)

Kid Overdoses in Antipsychotic Trial Caps a History of Screwups at Pfizer | BNET Pharma Blog | BNET -- The FDA’s letter to Pfizer (PFE) describing overdoses of the antipsychotic Geodon given to 13 children in clinical trials is merely the latest in a long history of controversies that have dogged the drug at virtually... Continue Reading →

Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome 101

Wikipedia has a surprisingly excellent page on benzo withdrawal. I've linked to this resource before and today I'm printing some of it for your perusal. I've cut and pasted the first part. It's really a great source for benzo withdrawal 101. I imagine some of you have had it with all the benzo stuff I'm... Continue Reading →

Madness Radio: Mary Olson Open Dialog

A highly successful alternative treatment for those who experience what is referred to as psychosis. Is a 'psychotic' crisis inside one person's mind -- or does it happen between people, in their relationship? Can therapy untangle the web of madness by addressing the family, providers, and entire social network? Smith College social worker and Fullbright... Continue Reading →

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