The normality trap

A lovely and thoughtful essay. Thank you Vaughan Bell.

(as a side note) I don’t like the word stigma. What we’re dealing with is prejudice and bigotry and I like to call it what it is.

Mind Hacks

I remember taking a bus to London Bridge when, after a few stops, a woman got on who seemed to move with a subtle but twitchy disregard for her surroundings. She found herself a seat among the Saturday shoppers and divided her time between looking out the window and responding to invisible companions, occasionally shouting at her unseen persecutors.

By East Street, the bus was empty.

You’ve probably encountered fellow travellers who are strikingly out of the ordinary, sometimes quite distressed, scattered among the urban landscape where they seem to have a social forcefield around them that makes crowds part in their presence.

If you’ve ever worked in a hospital or support service for people with psychological or neurological difficulties, you’ve probably met lots of people who are markedly out of step with the mundane rules of social engagement.

They seem to talk too loud, or too fast, or too…

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believe and know… (IT GETS BETTER)

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. -- Mahatma Gandhi That is certainly how recovering from the heinousness of the iatrogenic injury of psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome has worked for me!! -- my unrelenting determination to find a way through the maze of autonomic nervous system chaos has, indeed, brought me many gifts and continued healing...and it's not done yet! … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Energizing yoga: start the morning right

This is the most vigorous video I've posted. As I get better I'm able to do more and more. On good days some of the yoga classes I go to in the community are really quite advanced. Still I always need to listen to my body/mind/spirit and I often leave classes early. My nervous system (and a lot of my readers who also have protracted withdrawal issues) is very delicate and so it's not so much about strength of my muscles...it's about some sort of threshold that is reached in my nervous system. When I get to that point I need to stop doing yoga. Period. And it's often when I'm doing seemingly gentle stuff too. In fact sometimes I find that the most vigorous yoga triggers me less. It's always a mystery...the moment. What will my body/mind/spirit be up to today? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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