Deja-vu: I’m done with pharma, drugs, and psychiatry

Ha ha, I wrote the below post in May of last year. Some things take time to change: I’m done with pharma, drugs, and psychiatry. I no longer get health and mental health and psychiatry news delivered to me daily through google reader and email groups. I am much happier this way. Therefore I can... Continue Reading →

The Empathic Civilisation: the human family

Empathy is the oppposite of Utopia There is no empathy in Heaven, I guarantee you, I'll tell you before you get there. There isn't any empathy in Heaven because there's no mortality. There's no empathy in Utopia because there is no suffering. Empathy is grounded in the acknowledgement of death and the celebration of life and rooting for each other to flourish and be. It’s based on our frailties and imperfections...We have to start thinking like an extended family!

Spontaneous affirmation

Even though I've been chronically ill for a long time the impetus I have towards wellness is so profound I'd dare call myself HEALTHY!

Taking a break and new features on Beyond Meds

(update) Hi...I'm going to make this post from a few days ago a sticky post for a bit so that people might know what is up with the blog. I've continued on the break I mention below. I speak in more detail about it here. It's been an evolution, this moving away from dissecting the problem of pharma-directed psychiatry. I'm much more interested in solutions now and intend to continue moving in that direction. I do not intend to resubscribe to all the pharma and political news about mental health I'd been following. I'm enjoying a somewhat more peaceful existence without the daily reminders of our broken system. So I have been posting lately but mostly things that were already saved and/or scheduled. And the tone of the posts have been solution oriented. Today I had nothing so I thought I'd remind folks that things are changing around here!

Pain and suffering

You change your relationship to the pain by opening up to it and paying attention to it. You 'put out the welcome mat.' Not because you’re masochistic, but because the pain is there. So you need to understand the nature of the experience and the possibilities for, as the doctors might put it, 'learning to... Continue Reading →

The art of living: stories as sustenance for the soul

Rachel Naomi Remen is an MD who is a storyteller. She is used to being put down since stories are "anecdotal" and therefore not as important as data. Many of us who read this blog are used to that reality too.

This is what it’s like

I have an illness without a name. So people often cannot figure it out even if it's described rather explicitly.

Generational pain

The notion of generational suffering is based on the fact that each of us comes from a generational line, which goes as far back in time as we can imagine, back even to the original human beings, our original ancestors themselves.

Blaming has no positive effect at all

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well.  It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other... Continue Reading →

Finding the Good in People We Love

So the question is: Are you willing to put up with your partner’s bad qualities? If you’re not, leave. But the bad qualities are the test of the relationship; your commitment is to their bad qualities. You don’t have to commit to their good stuff. You just do that, that’s pleasant. If somebody wants to cook me dinner, how much of a commitment does it take to show up? Right? Or having my laundry done. I can deal with that. I can show up for that any time you want.

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