Rebutting Whitaker: Not Such a Good Idea

I really enjoyed both these articles written by John McManamy who makes no apologies when he generally broadly supports the use of psychotropic medications for those who receive psychiatric labels for their emotional distress. The dialogue has begun. This is what Robert Whitaker wanted and it's happening!

Natalie Gray – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

I found Natalie's description of her experience quite lovely. It's what is to be with life as it is.

Celebrate weirdness (now updated)

Another video with psychiatrist Dr. Carl Hammerschlag. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ek7nYjt8DQ ____________________________________ He's just so much fun I had to share another video. I did a post with three other videos of his the other day: look here if you missed them. And oh, I just remembered (this is an update after first posting this video) I said... Continue Reading →

Words for all in the “helping” professions (and for any human who wants to benefit others)

Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.... ...Serving is different... Continue Reading →

BOOKSTORE: up and running. Please visit.

The bookstore has been under construction, in one way or another, for close to a year. I've simply not had the extra time and energy to put into it after publishing the blog. As it stands mega thanks go out to my husband who helped me hugely! So there is a permanent tab up at the top of the blog so that you can find the bookstore easily whenever you might want to look at it. For now timing is such that it's a great place to browse for educational Christmas gifts. Buying books through this Amazon Associate store is not only a great way to find books on most of the subjects covered at Beyond Meds, but the small commission we receive from each purchase will also help keep this site running. I will continue to stock the shelves, so to speak, and perhaps add a few more subject categories so visit from time to time to see what is new.

What if the only way you could communicate was by writing?

I write through a haze. One in which I'm often unable to talk, but writing works somehow, often it works very well. It leads to many misunderstandings about my capacities by pretty much everyone except those who've seen me at home. I find it very frustrating.

DSM5 — short video and plea from the Society for Humanistic Psychology

I'd like to say that the current DSM is already grossly harmful and changing the DSM5 is likely not enough. The labeling and pathologizing of normal human behavior started a long time ago. Still this helps raise the red flag and is getting a very important dialogue to enter the mainstream. Please pass it about.

Seize the vulnerable moment

Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, and arrogance.

“Delusions” once understood can help people heal and grow

I've often thought of delusions as a sort of personal mythology that needs to be interpreted and understood, integrated and transcended.

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