The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. … June 2015 Sign up for: Shades of awakening: integrate and claim your gifts from spiritual emergency (often mistaken for psychosis) a free series of interviews coming up soon -- [click on title for the rest of the post]
Healing voices: the film
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 28, 2015 The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (“EXCELLENCE”) announces a new capital campaign to finance the marketing and distribution of HEALING VOICES, a recently completed feature-length documentary from the USA. Directed by award-winning filmmaker PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as "psychosis"... Continue Reading →
Herbs heal the nervous system (and soul) in profound ways
Update Sept. 2016: I had reason to remember this post today since I'm off to a local's house to pick up some branches so that I can harvest the bark. I'm very excited to have some local bark. This is a lovely herbal medicine that I am now using in a formula from Chinese Medicine that helps soothe the soul. A shen tonic which includes polygala, poria, astragulus, licorice, and reishi. Yes, I'm now learning a bit about chinese herbalism and I can finally do formulas because I continue to heal and am no longer so hypersensitive.
The apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry
By Brent Potter, PhD -- I am grateful to be alive during to see the apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry. Honestly, I didn’t think that I’d see anything like it in my lifetime. It was looking pretty daunting for a while, but we’re not only making substantial progress, but winning. -- Please don’t mistake me—we have plenty more to do. We’re not in the clear yet, but we’re light years ahead of where we were roughly 20 years ago. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Breaking down in the service of breaking through: can madness save us?
by Paris Williams -- Over the years of my explorations into psychosis and human evolution a very interesting irony became increasingly apparent. It is well-known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel, at different points throughout their journeys, that they have received a special calling ...
Melt into your own life
I've been studying The Gene Keys for a couple of years. I find the work a delightful contemporary mythological window into reality that truly does penetrate into the cells of the body if one contemplates the process that unfolds. -- "People don't need help. They need love." … [click on title for the rest of the post]
CBT: Part of the Solution, Part of the Problem, an Illusion, or All of the Above?
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT has been pretty heavily criticized by people within the "alternatives" community and in particular by a number of Mad in America (MIA) bloggers and commenters in the past few years. In a way that isn’t surprising, because many of us are looking for radical change, and CBT often appears to be part of the establishment, especially within the therapy world.--But while I’m all for criticizing what’s wrong with CBT, especially with bad CBT, I think there’s also a danger in getting so caught up in pointing out real or imagined flaws that we fail to notice where CBT can be part of the solution, helping us move toward more humanistic and effective methods. I would propose that we instead attempt a “balanced approach,” noticing both where CBT is likely to help and where it is not, and discovering what can be done to build on the strengths of CBT while avoiding problems with the misapplication or overstated marketing of it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
MEDICATION MERRY-GO-ROUNDS are essentially multiple cold turkeys….
I took 6 years to come off 6 drugs...I was on them for 2 decades. Anyone on drugs for that long have had multiple cold-turkeys because that is how psychiatrists switch folks from drug to drug... if we were heavy users of psych meds our nervous systems are all fried by the time we come off...that's another under appreciated fact...med merry-go-rounds are like multiple cold turkeys... yeah, not a nice thing to contemplate, but that's what it's like... … [click on title for the rest of the post]
SLEEPING after coming off heavily sedating psych drugs. It gets better.
My sleep has come back slowly. One of the few MDs I've worked with who has been helpful has a specialty in sleep medicine. When I met him I was lucky if I slept one hour a night and I didn't tolerate anything (supplement or psych drug wise) to help support sleep...he assured me that what he called my "sleep architecture" would come back...(he also is familiar with the sort of iatrogenic brain injury we get from the psych meds) ... in any case his words stay with me even now and I have a palpable sense of my body reconstructing my sleep architecture over time...now I can take a few supplement supports and herbs as well...but time, also, really continues to matter. I went from 0-2 hours a night (a few years of that) to 2-4 hours a night (a couple of years) and now I'm at 4-6 hours and occasionally sleep 7 or 8 hours...it's been a trip! I continue to heal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Happy Summer Solstice
It's the longest day of the year! Make it a good one. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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