Happy Holidays, that we might all live the spirit of this prayer today and everyday

My favorite prayer set to music by Sara McLachlan. The prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness,... Continue Reading →

Medication side effects and psychiatry (that often denies them) – John Breeding

Some good musing about this issue. From the youtube page: Research shows that mental health consumers report adverse events and negative side effects from psychotropic like antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiety medications and psycho-stimulants drugs (like Ritalin, Concerta, etc.) 200 times more than their psychiatrists. Why is this? **the body of the article below states 20 times... Continue Reading →

Revisiting the withdrawal symptom list – things are slowly changing, getting better at a still glacial pace

I first created this list in December of last year, so it makes sense to revisit it here a year later. I also revisited it in June of this year. It's much easier for me to remember the changes I've come through by checking this list. The sheer number of extreme symptoms makes it hard... Continue Reading →

Susan converts after one to many brushes with death caused by psychiatric medications

Susan is a friend of mine. I've known her now for several years. I've seen her struggle with the idea that the meds might not be the best thing for her this whole entire time. Conversions of these sorts do not happen without pain. It's a painful process leaving the cult of the mainstream behind.... Continue Reading →

Soul in Crisis: why cultural healing must replace the “mental illness” fiction

Image from Jung's Red Book A bunch of links to book excerpts by Maureen B. Roberts PhD. She is a Jungian therapist who values the spiritual and transformative dimensions of what is so often labeled mental illness. She also supports nutritional and dietary support of our holistic wellbeing. I've posted this a couple of times... Continue Reading →

Lehrman- Why nation’s mental health care system problems remain uncorrected

Nathaniel S. Lehrman, retired M.D.Clinical Director,of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, wrote the following essay for the ISPS (The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses) conference in December. He points out the central importance of continuity of care and expectation of recovery without the narrow biological model of mental illness, ingredients... Continue Reading →

Study: Pharma Companies Top Military Industry in Defrauding U.S. Government

Story on Democracy Now A new study by the watchdog group Public Citizen has found that the pharmaceutical drug industry has become the biggest defrauder of the federal government, surpassing the defense industry. Public Citizen found that the drug industry paid out nearly $20 billion in penalties over the past two decades for violations of... Continue Reading →

Orgasm Inc.

Pretty sure I've mentioned this movie before, but it's still not been released so it's worth calling attention to it again. This is a great intro to how pharma works for people who are not otherwise affected by its deviousness. This film documents what is an attempt to make EVERY woman feel like she is... Continue Reading →

Study shows 31 prescription drugs (mostly psychiatric) associated with reports of violence towards others

  (updated July 20, 2012 -- I reposted this on the homepage and updated this) I thought it was a good time to repost this article from a couple of years ago. This is a discussion no one seems to want to have. What happens when a small percentage of the MULTI MILLIONS of people... Continue Reading →

ECT story (electroconvulsive therapy or electroshock) Still widely used

In keeping with yesterday's announcement about the FDA hearing for ECT machines (THEY'VE NEVER BEEN APPROVED!) I'm sharing a video that Liz Spikol did a few years ago. It's a damning and compelling piece of work. She has a series of them on her experience with ECT. This is one of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2bLbf4kBFE Click through... Continue Reading →

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