what needs to change

yes and thank you. very important piece.

Great cure but we lost the patient

A tragic story of harm. STOP PRESCRIBING ANTIPSYCHOTICS — why isn’t that on the table?? I was on 11 mg of Risperdal at one time. I know that I am actually lucky…having only been disabled for years due to iatrogenesis, I do expect recovery. Learn how to free yourself from these neurotoxic drugs here: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

I’m free and doing better all the time:  Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs

Mind Hacks

The Journal of Neuroscience has a surprising case report of a patient who was treated with an implanted brain stimulator to treat severe movement side-effects from an extended period of taking antipsychotic drugs for behavioural problems.

This is the background to the case:

A 27-year-old woman with developmental delay and severe behavioural disturbance was treated with risperidone 6 mg/day from age 14. At age 20, she developed facial twitching, blinks, and truncal extension spasms, which persisted during both sitting and lying supine. By age 21, she was no longer able to walk due to the spasms. She became housebound and was forced to ambulate by crawling, to the extent that she developed post-traumatic cysts over both knees. She was unable to sit in a chair. She was forced to eat from a plate on the floor while kneeling because the extension spasms were too severe in other positions.

The movement…

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The anger and rage collection: what we don’t engage we cannot transform

Anger is an emotion many people have so much trouble with that what happens is that is they end up denying that it’s how they feel and also then, in turn, become unable to be present to it in others. This is not an effective way to heal if one has good reason to be angry. In fact it becomes impossible. Most people have good reason to be angry. ...

Mental Health Matters – Coming Off Psych Drugs with Will Hall

Will Hall is a nationally recognized mental health advocate, counselor, and speaker. He is also the author of the "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs," a 52-page pamphlet containing valuable information on reducing and ultimately ending the use of psychiatric medication. Host Shannon Eliot catches up with him at the recent WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland to chat about about mental health stigma, the controversy around psychiatric medication, suicidal feelings, and how society defines normality. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Saturday mellow miracles (everything is holy now)

I've never been one for country music, but this is a beautiful meditation. Enjoy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Are you addicted to sugar/carbs? other foods? (#foodie friday)

I can tell you that food addictions can be overcome...it's taken many years of paying attention to what I eat and learning what my body needs but I no longer crave foods, nor do I ever overeat...meaning I have no DESIRE to overeat...it's pretty phenomenally wonderful. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Heads and tails (love and fear)

There is a difference between being motivated by fear, which keeps us operating with the same old state of consciousness, and being motivated by love, which comes through us as we face our fears. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Standard psychiatric care is coercive (yes, the United Nations calls forced treatment torture)

As a person who has experienced involuntary commitments, seclusion, restraints, forced medication, and intentional humiliation as part of my “mental health” treatment, I am still working through the severe and persistent effects of force and coercion. Being in relational dynamics in which I had no voice and in which I was not treated as a human being with viable thoughts and legitimate feelings impacted my sense of self in ways that were incredibly destructive. I didn’t have a word for it when it was happening. Torture was something that happened to prisoners of war in faraway places and in terrible movies. It was not something that happened to young Americans in modern hospitals. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Christ path…nothing to do with religion

...this is not an easy path. It is not a path for marzipan mystics who want to manifest Mercedes and McMansions. It’s not a path for those who want some kind of transcendent Tahiti that they can go and bask in to bronze themselves in divine light while the rest of the world burns in suffering. It is the most fierce path, because it is a path that does not shirk the necessity of getting into total connection with both of the opposites, the extremest beauty and the extremest horror, and to know them both as sacred, and to know the ecstasy as sacred as the horror, the chaos as sacred as the order, to embrace them all and to embrace all the sufferings and ordeals that are absolutely necessary, and all of the crucifixions, of all of the subtle hiding places of our demonic and destructive shadows, all of them, to embrace them fearlessly because that is the only condition through which the divine can be installed in power in the whole being... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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