By Will Hall -- "Depressed." -- It's a word I put in quotes because, like so many words we use to describe our mental health experiences, it has as much power to confuse as it does to clarify. We live in a culture bombarded by media and sped up by rapid-fire social interactions. It's definitely useful to grab hold of a simple, short, sound-bite term, to quickly describe what we are feeling or suffering. "Depression" is such a word - it evokes and encapsulates, conjures the images of that ugly pit of despair that can drive so many to madness and suicide. Yet at the same time the words we use, strangely, become like those pens deposited in medical offices and waiting rooms around the world: ready at hand, easily found, familiar — and tied to associations, marketing and meanings we were only dimly aware were shaping how we think. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Chemical imbalance myth and biopsychiatry links
A theory that is wrong is considered preferable to admitting our ignorance. – Elliot Vallenstein, Ph.D. Beyond Meds and anyone who’s actually paid attention to the science for the last many years has known that the serotonin myth about depression and how antidepressants work has no evidence to back it up whatsoever.
During the pressurized years
During the pressurized years, she was in effect bottled, labeled, and capped -- she started a relief fund in the name of Sanity. She collected rare humor, kind words, large-breasted hugs, a variety of pats on the back, and above all the wisdom to know it would eventually pass. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Rocks in my Pockets: a crazy quest for sanity
“Rocks In My Pockets” is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving five women of the filmmaker’s family, including herself, and their battles with depression and suicide. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and a twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Lincoln’s Depression | Joshua Wolf Shenk | Madness Radio
Celebrated US President Abraham Lincoln also suffered from life-threatening depression. Did he view his “melancholy” as a treatable illness, as a punishment from God — or as a source of his gifts? How did Lincoln’s extraordinary leadership abilities arise from his struggle with extreme pain? Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, explores the famous President’s battle with despair, suicide, and intense sorrow, and discusses what people with depression – and the medical establishment empowered to treat them – can learn from Lincoln’s suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Healing the body/mind with the willingness to feel
As one opens up to the pain of the past one heals so that one can move into the future.
Beyond the world of opposites
Quite often my healing journey seems to be the bringing together of opposites. The resolution of paradox and the burning away of conditioning. These things are thematic. Here are a few quotes that are (at least in my mind) somehow related to this process. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Let life guide you
The more I travel on this healing journey, the clearer it becomes that I am learning to let life-force guide me and thus heal me too. Becoming who I am completely means losing my conditioned self and letting life-force move me into oneness with all. This too is what Carl Jung might call the individuation process.
Confront abuse by believing. Yes, start by believing
Yes, thank you...go watch this short video (there is no embedding option and it's worth watching) Video: Confront abuse by believing. From the video page: Pam Rubin, a women’s trauma counsellor and lawyer, explains why we need to start confronting abuse by believing its victims. “We don’t immediately jump to ‘What were you saying, doing, wearing? Are You suffering from mental illness?’” … [click on title to read and view more]
Wu Dang Ba Gua Zhang — movement meditation to music
Saturday mellow-Wu Dang Ba Gua Zhang -- Tan Shan Kui from WuDang Taoist Traditional Kung Fu Academy … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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