Parenting news for Tuesday….

Mothering for the mother. Makes good sense. Nurturing and love is what heals. I'm sure this sort of support can help fathers too. Abusive mothers improve their parenting after home visits, classes, emotional support from therapists -- -- A new study has found that mothers in families in which there is a history of... Continue Reading →

A psychiatric drug withdrawal primer…

This is a primer of sorts to help people start withdrawing from psychiatric drugs as safely as possible and includes resources written by professionals that one might bring their doctor that they might get the appropriate supports.  For more extensive information to help in psychiatric drug withdrawal look at the drop down menu at the... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric drugs in the news today…

Why it's anything but obvious that the legal stimulant and amphetamine Ritalin helps relieve the craving of a cocaine addict I can't imagine, but a study reporting such had to be done. What I am struck with is how people don't put two and two together. Ritalin is not so far off from cocaine and... Continue Reading →

Forget education, learn with your heart

Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throughout the world. There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab... Continue Reading →

An anniversary: a story of withdrawal from benzodiazepines

An anniversary of sorts By Heather Right now, I am at a beautiful, fairly untouched beach on the south east coast of Australia. It's one of my fave places, and we have a house here. I was unable to get here for about 2 and a half years, as I could not travel, due to... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric overdiagnosis means “normal” could become obsolete

By Jenny Westberg Are you normal? Are you sure? A growing number of behaviors and moods are being relabeled as mental disorders, according to two recent articles. Sadness, shyness, personality quirks and the ups and downs of everyday life may qualify almost anyone for a psychiatric diagnosis, effectively pathologizing normality. Allen Francis, MD writes in... Continue Reading →

Driving while medicated…

A very controversial topic that people on meds don't want to consider. Are you a safe driver? I WAS NOT! I even told my doctor I was dangerous. You know what his response was? "Don't say that to me again or I'll be forced to take away your license." I actually chose to stop driving... Continue Reading →

disenchanted, disillusioned, and dispassionate

Sometimes people feel that recognizing the truth of suffering conditions a pessimistic outlook on life, that somehow it is life-denying. Actually, it is quite the reverse. By denying what is true, for example, the truth of impermanence, we live in a world of illusion and enchantment. Then when circumstances change in ways we don’t like,... Continue Reading →

Laughter yoga, thyroid, blood sugar and metabolic problems, and restrictions on Provigil: Saturday news and blogs

I've done posts on laughter yoga here and here and here. Lots of therapeutic benefit to laughter. Today's link is to a brief video in the Telegraph. Video: Yoga laughter is the best medicine - Telegraph (Video) A Filipino counselor Paolo Trinidad has been teaching laughter yoga to inmates and members of the public as therapy for stress... Continue Reading →

Robert Whitaker has been re-confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Alternatives Conference this year

Robert Whitaker has been re-confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Alternatives Conference this year. I do not know the details at this point. This is in response to this post.

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