Madness as a reckoning of one’s own psyche. Yes.

Faith’s understanding of her experience resonates very much with my own. I really love this video and so I’m reposting this post with minor edits. She articulates the issues with brilliance. This is a very good way to spend a little more than six minutes. Watch the video

Faith Rhyne is a parent, educator, and a radical mental health activist. She became interested in psychology and psychiatry at age 13, when she was put into forced treatment for the first time. Faith has abandoned her old diagnosis of bipolar 1, severe with psychotic features, in favor of a holistic understanding of madness. She deeply values the human right to define one’s own experiences in ways that encourage wisdom, gratitude, strength, and possibility. She writes about neurodiversity, narrative, and healing the relationship between self and world. (bio from Mad in America)

Testimonial produced for Open Paradigm Project content campaign “Moving Beyond Psychiatric Labels.” For more info please visit

Stories of many who’ve gone through the reckoning: Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

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