"No, dad, the meds aren't about helping me. They're about helping you." Out of the mouths of babes.
This intolerance toward emotional pain puts us at loggerheads with a basic truth about being human: Sometimes we just feel bad, and there’s nothing wrong with that—which is why struggling too hard to control our anxiety and stress only makes things more difficult.
I have learnt that there are two things that heal mental distress; love and work, or meaningful activity. I would like to add two more things; time and hope. My mother suggested Time, and patience, as she watched me gradually change over the course of my breakdown and subsequent depression, and, of course, it must have felt like forever for her. There were months when I made no progress whatsoever and was stuck on a ferris wheel of regret and self-recrimination. The things that healed my mental distress were the unconditional and unwavering love of my mother, my family and friends and the community I lived in.
The conventional wisdom about mental illness is that it is caused by genetic factors, chemical imbalances and brain abnormalities. If you believe that, you have no interest in exploring the meaning of the symptoms or listening to what they may have to tell you. Rather, you are encouraged to get rid of the symptoms as quickly as possible and pay no further attention to them. But what if those symptoms had important information for people, information they need in order to lead healthy, fulfilling lives?
About a week ago Jenny, the blog’s author shared a personal story of healing in her family. Her husband had been diagnosed bipolar. A large part of his and her journey, just like mine, was learning how to eat well, or really better than before we struggled to get healthy and free of drugs.
An expert panel advising the Food and Drug Administration decided Friday that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machines should undergo the same rigorous testing as new medical devices coming onto the market – a decision that could drastically affect the future of psychiatry’s most controversial treatment.
The private life of cats. It’s a 22 minute video but well worth the time. https://youtu.be/_6e1O_NtK24 Private Life of a Cat is an intimate observation of two cats- originally created by Alexander Hammid, in 1947 (on 16mm B/W film, as a silent movie). It stars a male cat (the white one), and a female cat;... Continue Reading →
This simply should not be happening, EVER. From yesterday, MindFreedom is starting an action to help stop a woman's forced electroconvulsive "therapy." Almost two years ago Mindfreedom along with supporters helped stop Ray Sanford's forced "treatment." Let's make that happen even faster for Elizabeth. Elizabeth: "I have never believed in electroconvulsive therapy!" By coincidence: Today... Continue Reading →
These are nice little primers on low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Two perspectives from two different professionals. Once I learned how to eat and supplement appropriately my hypoglycemia no longer poses much of a problem.
I think one has to be careful not to think that meditation is about getting rid of thoughts. On the contrary, I would say that meditation helps us to creatively engage with our thoughts and not fixate on them. When people say they cannot concentrate I say “No no no, you are concentrating—too much on... Continue Reading →