Soldiers are showing their humanity by reacting normally to an unacceptably horrible situation

Mental illness costing military soldiers - -- Mental Illness? Is that what one calls the reaction to long-term traumatization and inhumane living circumstances these days? Army Suicides Due to Lack of Oversight? | Psych Central News -- The internal investigation was commissioned last year by Army commander Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who is the second in... Continue Reading →

what matters is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished

Messenger My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my... Continue Reading →

A hunger for depth, free will and BPA: Friday news and blogs

A few excerpts of articles with no commentary today: A hunger for depth Shirley Lancaster -- The Guardian -- John Main believed the daily discipline of meditation could reunite us with the deeper layer of our essential being and the divine source beyond the sacred text or ritual. Only in silence can we hear "the still... Continue Reading →

Madness Radio: Cognitive Therapy Ron Unger

Oregon Mental health counselor Ron Unger discusses his experiences with altered states of consciousness, and how cognitive behavioral therapy can be a useful alternative to medication and mainstream psychiatric treatment. Ron is a longtime organizer with the human rights organization Mindfreedom International, and his website is Recovery from "schizophrenia" and other "psychotic disorders" Listen above... Continue Reading →

ADHD diagnosis linked to Western diet — implications for childhood “bipolar” too

I rarely copy a whole article without permission, but this is so important and it has implications for ALL CHILDREN's psychiatric diagnosis since many kids enter the system with "ADHD" and later graduate to bipolar once the meds do their agitating magic etc... What we put in our bodies matters. We've seen studies implicating food... Continue Reading →

Mental health diagnoses mask the real problems

From The Guardian, by Dorothy Rowe, well worth reading commentary: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, whose updated fifth edition will include a range of new diagnoses, is a mythology, not a scientific text. It is created by American psychiatrists who meet in groups to consider whether or not a certain diagnosis should be included in... Continue Reading →

The new good life

A book by John Robbins. Below is the preface of the book which sets a good tone: Who's the weathiest person you've ever known? Most of us, when asked that question, think of the people we've known who were richest in monetary wealth. But what if we asked the question differently? In terms of what... Continue Reading →

We are all crazy now? Or perhaps we have been for a long time?

It's pretty amusing to look at the British media exploding today over the DSMs proposed changes. FINALLY. Hopefully we will wake up on this side of the pond too. To be fair there have been some utterances of this sort over here, but it's not broad or loud enough. The fact is just about everyone... Continue Reading →

Need to relax? Here’s one wonderful way

I've posted this simple little coping tool twice already. I value this so much that I'm posting it again. I take a bath like this almost every day. There have been times when I've been too sick to manage getting in and out of a tub, but if there is anyway I can manage, it... Continue Reading →

Lucid dreaming and nightmare therapy…

Two articles on emerging dream/nightmare therapies. Guiding Your Sleep While You’re Awake - many therapists use behavioral interventions to reduce nightmares or guide the waking patient toward having a mastery dream — using the conscious mind to control the wild ways of the unconscious. Some of these techniques have been in use for years.... Continue Reading →

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