Yesterday I wrote the below as a status update on Facebook:
There is a direct correlation between the healing of my physical body to my capacity to access more of my psyche and thus heal it too. The psychiatric drugs damaged my body in such a way as to further obfuscate the issues they were prescribed to treat. It’s astonishing really how obvious it becomes when one becomes conscious during this healing process.
Thomas Moore tweeted something related yesterday as well:
One hopes that medicine will learn in detail how emotional, spiritual and physical health are intimately connected.
— Thomas Moore (@thomasmooreSoul) April 21, 2015
So because there is virtually no understanding of the above reality in medicine, nor psychology, psych drugs instead are far too often agents of trauma rather than being therapeutic. The entire mental illness system actually acts as an agent of trauma because of this lack of consciousness. That is exactly what my first comment above is pointing to. Whatever I met psychiatry with all those years ago when I was drugged, (my story is here) the psych drugs magnified and made worse exponentially (not so much in ways that show up obviously in behavior, but in how the entire body/mind/spirit was affected). There is no way anyone who goes through this and comes to the understanding we’ve come to on this side of the trauma can stay silent on the topic. We are here to change things. Simply because we know what we know.
There are others who understand these connections. Here are some posts that highlight some of their work.
Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (it doesn’t just ignore it. psychiatry too often exacerbates and creates more trauma)
Mental illness, addiction & most chronic illness is linked to childhood loss & trauma (Gabor Mate)
See also: Professional denial is a form of retraumatization
How do we heal this damage? See the drop down navigation menus at the top of the page for lots of different ideas.
Healing the body/mind with the willingness to feel (for me this has proven to be the most important aspect of a very holistic approach that tends to everything…because everything matters)
*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. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. 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. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
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