Recovering from Psychiatry- Reflections on Life, Death, and Suicide

This video explores life, death, and suicide from the perspective of suicide attempt survivor and ex-"Bipolar" patient, Laura Delano. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

An intro Qigong practice session and course

Qigong has been complimenting my yoga practice lately. I am very much a novice but I find the additional flowing movement something I need at times. Included here is a link to a full free (pay what you can) online course. …

Chronic Illness and The Spiritual Path

'I had always previously thought that it was possible to change my attitude to any situation. With the illness, I realised that there was a stage where you couldn't. You could have a good attitude either side of the experience, but not while you were in it. This was when the illness was deep in the brain, there was no way out until it passed and you just had to allow the experience to be what it was and if it was darkness then it was just darkness.' I was having to assimilate the idea of illness and suffering as a gift - what looked like suffering on the physical and psychological levels could often have a transforming effect on the deeper spiritual levels, that may not be apparent to the casual observer.' … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Little Children Most Vulnerable to Violence

Since I began my work with those labeled mentally ill it’s been clear that trauma plays a large part in the lives of most of those with psychiatric labels. This simple observation that many of us have made and many others want to deny is beginning to be largely supported in the literature and science.... Continue Reading →

We can know more about our bodies than our MDs do…trust that, develop it

Bottom line is no one ever finds a doctor who will ultimately know more about your body than you do...the best we can do is find health professionals who understand this and support us while we learn about our bodies...and that is a nice thing to have, but it is possible to do a lot of this on our own...and actually necessary too for those of us with iatrogenic injuries and other chronic illnesses too. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Peer support? This is the real thing. Free of institutionalization. (psych drug withdrawal)

So, we turn to one another to find a way through the darkest times of our lives. I've had many mentors that helped me get through the toughest and women both who went before me. And now, through this blog, and also in some long-standing relationships I developed in the trenches, I give back to those still in the hardest phases. We see those ahead of us heal, we start healing and in turn we offer hope to those still fighting to survive. Peer support never meant so much to me. And this is seriously grassroots's grassroots and it's arose out of a vacuum of need. There was nothing there and we simply together created it and it is sustained in that way too. It's really quite a wondrous thing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Fear will create all sorts of havoc in the body

Fear will create all sorts of havoc in the body. Most of us are terrified of being alive...(or alternately terrified of dying, which is the same thing) I’ve found that as I heal the autonomic nervous system fear is absorbed into the body and slowly dissipates… Healing the autonomic nervous system has required me to slowly and systematically face the terror of being human... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Subpersonalities – who is driving our bus? (parts)

Acceptance of all our parts can lead to integration and what Jung would call individuation. First we need to become aware. Do click through and read the article…it’s nice and simple while remaining highly informative.

Patrick McCurry

Many of us see ourselves as coherent, unified individuals making our way through life.

But, when we really think about it, we may recognise that actually we are made up of many different parts that come into play in particular situations and which sometimes seem to take over our normal personalities. We may sometimes wonder who is really in charge, or ‘driving our bus’.4055369011_500bb75fc1

These ‘subpersonalities’ can play a very important role in our lives without us realising. But the more aware we can become of them, the more fully we can live our lives and be present in relationships.

For example, we may have an inner exhibitionist who comes to life when we sing karaoke, an Incredible Hulk who suddenly erupts when we lose our temper over something trivial, an inner martyr, saboteur or perfectionist.

A common example is the man who is domineering at work but henpecked at…

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To create a world in which we are met with compassion when we are most vulnerable

His vision is to create a world in which we are met with compassion when we are most vulnerable. I stand with him in this vision. This blog was created to help create such a world. That no one be harmed by psychiatry or any other institution ever again. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Autoimmune issues manifest in many ways affecting both mind and body

Autoimmune issues manifest in many ways affecting both mind and body. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are autoimmune issues...there are many others. My own experience with autoimmune disease suggests that psych drugs exacerbate these problems...(hence the phenomena of some of the very serious protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal issues which deeply affect the whole body and mind rendering many completely disabled) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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