BEYOND MEDS -- ALTERNATIVES TO PSYCHIATRY -- A RESOURCE updated: 12/2012 This blog documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit. My own experience as both (now - ex) patient and a mental health professional allows for some interesting and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the... Continue Reading →

End of an era (for me) this is Beyond Meds last post

Thank you to all my readers for being part of this transformative journey with me. It's time for me to move on and do other things. This blog, depending on which ranking system you look at, is between number 1 and number 5 or so of mental health blogs.  I feel good about leaving and... Continue Reading →

Life is a monastery — regardless of marital status

This is an article that was first published in Buddhadharma. I got this from Utne Reader, who reprinted it. I saw the author's experience in the monastery as life. Life is just like his monastery. See if you see what I mean. This is the opening several paragraphs below: The Angry Monk A lot of... Continue Reading →

In memory of my brother…

I wrote this letter and mailed it to my brother about 6 months before he died. Today is the three year anniversary of his death. I am sharing this in his memory. I actually had told him all of this at one time or another while he was alive but before he died it got... Continue Reading →

Personal update by way of an email I sent out to the “Lamictal (lamotrigine) crew” — musings on persistent withdrawal symptoms

This is an email I wrote to people who had commented on this blog a couple of years ago on posts I wrote about my Lamictal withdrawal. I was seeking information. I'm sharing it here just as an update of sorts to the part of this blog which is my withdrawal journal. I still have... Continue Reading →

Over-medicating kids in the New York Times

There is a feature article and a video today in the New York Times. Hope the kid who is featured gets off  the amphetamines too. He's had a rough time of it, his short little life. David Bransford MD,  has a critical post on his blog about the phenomena too, inspired by the above pieces,... Continue Reading →

Activism necessary if we want the truth about psychiatric medications be heard

Got an email from Bruce E. Levine alerting me to his new article/book review in ZMagazine. It ends with a few paragraphs on how the mainstream media is mostly ignoring Robert Whitaker's critical and important work on psychiatry and psychopharmaceuticals. Activism with each and everyone one of us participating is crucial to alert the public... Continue Reading →

A mother’s perspective on psychosis in her son

Rossa Forbes again writes amazing brilliant observations in the post in response to the CNN piece on childhood bipolar. Simple, profound and simply missed by almost everyone. This is why I love her work. As a mother of a child who was labeled with a psychiatric illness she is able to say with plenty of... Continue Reading →

Tart cherry for pain (in my case the pain of psychiatric drug withdrawal)

I discovered for the second time that Tart Cherry extract really helps the pain associated with withdrawal syndrome. This is pain that often gets mistook to be fibromyalgia when in fact it's caused by the psychiatric drugs and the withdrawal from them. It's possible though that this may help those with fibro too as it's... Continue Reading →

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