Rethinking Madness

An exciting new book is now available by Paris Williams, Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis This is an important contribution to the literature because those of us who have experienced psychosis are recovering and thriving all the time and yet we remain invisible. As long as there... Continue Reading →

The Myth of the Experienced Meditator

If, as I believe, meditation is simply awareness, then any past knowledge I have about it is not only useless, but slops over into my immediate experience. Knowing is antithetical to openness, and it's the adventure of not knowing that's the genius of meditation.

Psychiatric Drugs as Agents of Trauma — “Drug Stress Trauma Syndrome”

Just because a drug may be legal, i.e., approved by the FDA or the equivalent worldwide and readily available from the medical and psychiatric system (physicians, nurses, pharmacists and the like) does not make them any less toxic than the illegal drugs listed above. In fact, some of the legal psych drugs are as or more toxic...

Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow: yoga (meditation) in a nutshell

Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow: yoga (meditation) in a nutshell

Looking at things honestly, sincerely and truthfully may not be an easy thing to do

"The process of finding the truth may not be a process by which we feel increasingly better and better. It may be a process by which we look at things honestly, sincerely, truthfully, and that may or may not be an easy thing to do."

“People recover from psychotic disorders all the time, all over the world.” Our mental health system’s denial of this costs lives

Any diagnosis of mental illness results in a complicated and uncertain fate for those it strikes. When you lose a son as a result of such a diagnosis, it ignites a search for answers. Suzanne Beachy has gained a perspective on life as a result of her loss but is still asking, what is the truth?

Our beautiful earth: today the earth is remembered, she needs to be thought of every day

I've come to be mindful of everything I put in the trash, of all the water I use, of the chemicals I choose not to put in my garden, etc. I think of these things daily as I move about impacting the world I live in while trying to minimize that impact on the earth.... Continue Reading →

Studies show gluten sensitivity in people labeled with schizophrenia and bipolar (and how gluten can effect a lot of us regardless of dx)

Gluten sensitivity can manifest with or without gastrointestinal symptoms! This is true for many people, not just those labeled with schizophrenia. I talk about diet and mental health a lot and gluten can be a mental health drag for many people whether or not they have a psychiatric diagnosis.

Neuroscience of change, another take on neuroplasticity: self-compassion and awareness to start

Self-compassion and awareness are the qualities we need to start to heal our mind and body. Bringing mindfulness to a problem is the beginning of change. Paying attention to a process is changing the process! Even before any behavior changes.

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