Join MindFreedom in a protest at the American Psychiatric Association meeting: May 4th in NYC

This year's Protest of the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting is in NEW YORK CITY. WHEN: Sunday, May 4 at 12:00pm Eastern time WHERE: 34th Street and 11th Avenue Across the street from Jacob Javitz Convention Center Please come. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The transformative healing process

The transformative healing process from a Christian perspective: … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Support for those in withdrawal who struggle with family & friends not understanding

One of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of withdrawal is that feeling of being misunderstood, unsupported and isolated. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

More support and understanding needed for people wanting to try a no meds approach

Jean Davison

pills_medication I’m concerned about the medicalisation of life; over-prescribing and how sometimes normal difficult emotions are (mis)diagnosed as an illness requiring medication. I expressed this view on twitter and said how I think Dr Joanna Moncrieff does make some valid points. Immediately I was accused of pill shaming, lack of empathy and insulting people who suffer from real deep depression.

Here is the article in the Telegraphwhich triggered the twitter responses to me after the psychiatrist Dr Alex Langford had put up a link to a similar article – his blog about this topic ishere. The media is often insensitive in its choice of language. I can see why ‘happy pills’ would annoy some people. This wasn’t my choice of words so I won’t try to defend a phrase I don’t use. ‘Happy Pills’ or ‘antidepressants? Call them what you will. They didn’t make me happy and they…

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If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors,... Continue Reading →

Antidepressants can cause long term chronic, debilitating physical illnesses

Psychiatrists don't generally tell you about this when they prescribe them, do they? if it happens to anyone it should be part of informed consent. That it's happening to many thousands of us, we now know. We talk to one another. We're here and we've experienced this. It's important to know what is happening to people who take psychiatric drugs and not just to those who perceive their experience as helpful. It's always nice when national newspapers dare to tell the truth about psychiatric drugs. The below article is about antidepressants. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

You make me feel disabled. Yes, you.

Pensive Aspie


When I think about my Asperger’s, I rarely think of it as a disability.  Most of the time, I don’t feel disabled.  I’m definitely differently abled.  There are weaknesses, but there are strengths too. I choose to focus on my strengths and work on my weaknesses.  Even though I prefer not to look at myself as disabled, there are things that friends, coworkers, and family members do that make me feel disabled and incompetent.

You don’t recognize that my body language is almost incapable of lying.

With practice, I have learned the art of conversation. Time has taught me that people really only want others to agree with them.  I can find a way to avoid hurting your feelings by complimenting your ugly dress without lying when you ask “Don’t you just love it?”  I can reply truthfully “That orange color is so bright and perky!” (Yes. The color…

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this tendency that we have to seek pleasure and avoid pain

The essence of samsara is this tendency that we have to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek security and avoid groundlessness, to seek comfort and avoid discomfort. The basic teaching is that that is how we keep ourselves miserable, unhappy, and stuck in a very small, limited view of reality. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

My current healing practices…

Monica what do you think has been helping you the most to get better? I figured I'd answer by putting this post together for both her and my readers here on Beyond Meds. The bottom line is that everything I do is important. Yup, again, Everything matters. It's impossible for me to determine exactly what is doing what! It all works together synergistically. It's all part of the holistic whole that is my life. Below are many of my daily practices which are always subject to change. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Suffering Ends, Wisdom Begins

When it’s time to suffer, you should suffer; when it’s time to cry, you should cry. Cry completely. Cry until there are no more tears and then recognize in your exhaustion that you’re alive. The sun still rises and sets. The seasons come and go. Absolutely nothing remains the same and that includes suffering. When the suffering ends wisdom begins to raise the right questions … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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