Losing 85 lbs, buying new clothes…

A little update on the body front. Sometimes I do have fun and quite enjoy the positive changes that have come into my life. It's good to share the silly stuff too. […]

Demoted…by another “relatively enlightened” mental health professional

So I just lost a faculty position (which I had been very excited about getting) because I did not want to be advertised as what essentially amounted to being a token psych patient in the bio...they refused to be clear about my professional experience and would not budge because I don't have a masters degree.... Continue Reading →

Life is a terminal engagement

I don't like the word recovery frankly...life is a terminal engagement...we grow and change and meet challenges...until we die Alternative words/ideas: "becoming" - "transforming" - "unfolding" - "awakening" "Recovery" instead assumes some sort of pristine state that never was... I don't want to go back to what I was before I got a psychiatric diagnosis.... Continue Reading →

The rat-race is dark and empty…

Most Americans have a dull sense that their lives are fundamentally “off”—because for the most part, they are. They hate their lives, but to get through the day, besides taking Prozac and consulting their cell phone every two minutes, they talk themselves into believing that they want to be doing what they are doing. This is probably the major source of illness in our culture, whether physical or mental....

This is it. Pay attention.

Oh, yeah. As soon as I stopped thinking and believing that I'd "lost" most of my life to drugs, to iatrogenesis etc, was when I really started healing. There is joy in the darkness and there are answers in the confusion if you look. Life is amazing and it's amazing whether you're kicking and screaming and resisting it or if you're embracing it and loving it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Mental (Illness) system and thoughts on alternatives: a collection

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti I can’t call the current system of care a “mental health system” when it’s so clearly one that generates, encourages and sustains mental illness. And so I’ve often referred to it as a mental illness system. Here I’m underscoring that as it’s important that we make big changes if we want to help not only the most vulnerable people in our society, but also society itself. We create one another. None of this happens in a vacuum.

The genuine heart of sadness

If you search for awakened heart, if you put your hand through your rib cage and feel for it, there is nothing there except for tenderness. You feel sore and soft, and if you open your eyes to the rest of the world, you feel tremendous sadness. This kind of sadness doesn't come from being... Continue Reading →

What can we learn from baboons? (THIS IS IMPORTANT)

I just added the THIS IS IMPORTANT line in the title. The question "what can we learn from baboons?" is drawing very few of my readers. Sometimes titles on posts make or break whether traffic comes at all. This video is phenomenal. Its importance to our human culture cannot be underestimated. Please view it and share it. It's incredibly powerful as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

National Mental Health Coalition Calls “Today Show” Electroshock Segment One-Sided (press release)

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) urges "The Today Show" to provide balanced coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression. The NCMHR is responding to a one-sided segment about ECT that "Today" ran on August 20, 2013. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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