New Tab – Professional or Patient: The *topic* is one of most important on this blog

Patients, consumers, the mentally ill, the crazy, the insane, survivors, clients...whatever the heck you want to call people who have been psychiatrically labeled are considered OTHER. They are not considered credible or equal to their "care providers" in pretty much any regard even by the *most* enlightened/alternative practitioners. It is a rare individual who provides services to those with psychiatric labels who does not also imagine some sort of superiority over them. The system encourages this. The best of us fall prey to it. I know this intimately in a way many don't only because I've been on both sides of the divide. When I first published this I actually got a lot of mail from people like me. Those with psychiatric labels who are still working in the system. It's hard for a lot of people and most such people still in the system don't reveal their histories to their coworkers.

The Book of Woe (DSM) in Wired Magazine – Gary Greenberg

Gary Greenberg is the author of Manufacturing Depression. I've covered his work on this blog before. He has a new article in Wired Magazine about the process of the creation of the next DSM. (DSM 5) Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness. (the print version had the much more fitting name "The Book of... Continue Reading →

Does your doctor take payment from pharma? See here

I was pretty checked out when all this hit the news a while back and never saw this amazing and useful database that ProPublica put together. One can look at all payments made to physicians in all 50 states. Most of the doctors I've seen are clean. I did once see Terrence Ketter at Stanford... Continue Reading →

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness = Heartfulness

Short little video: More Jon Kabat-Zinn on this blog.

Top ten posts on Beyond Meds for 2010

I'm happy to see that several of the top posts this year are tab posts...meaning that this blog is being used as the resource it's become. All of these posts have had at least 3,000 hits up to over 15,000 (for this year only) So the top ten posts are these: Creativity: A Crime Of... Continue Reading →

Jupiter sings

For more space sounds NASA has an album! The wonders of the universe. This is perfect to meditate to. Seriously. It's calming and lovely.

Our culture and society has completely destroyed the conditions required for healthy childhood development

Amy Goodman interviews Dr. Gabor Maté: From disease to addiction, parenting to attention deficit disorder, Canadian physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté’s work focuses on the centrality of early childhood experiences to the development of the brain, and how those experiences can impact everything from behavioral patterns to physical and mental illness. While the relationship... Continue Reading →

Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river…

Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river, those who don’t drink dawn like a cup of spring water or take in sunset like supper, those who don’t want to change, let them sleep. This love is beyond the study of theology, that old trickery and hypocrisy. If you want to improve... Continue Reading →

Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Tranquilizers: what happens to the brain on drugs?

This information is pertinent to the "z-drugs" as well. Ambien, Lunesta, Zoplicone etc. This is an article by Reg Peart I picked up on a benzo withdrawal board. Reg Peart was a doctor who became unwittingly a victim of benzodiazepines many years ago much like many of us. He went on to do much great... Continue Reading →

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