This healing process is a vehicle to awakening. All of it can be put to good use and given what an ugly experience it often is, it’s the silver lining.
All this heinous physical stuff has correlates in the psyche I’ve found…
The psych drugs engrave those negative pathways forged by trauma far deeper into our neural networks –
The unraveling of those heinous injuries all becomes rather behemoth…it becomes an all or nothing game of sorts.
I would never recommend this path to anyone…it’s nightmarishly difficult and can become unnecessary if we can educate enough people about what is really going on and so I continue to advocate for non-pharmaceutical approaches to health and wellbeing. (in general, not just for psychiatric issues)
Hence the advocacy work I do because many people never make it out of the pharmaceutical/psychiatric machine…for good reason since the body has one hell of a time coming back.
No one should ever be judged for being on medications of any kind. Far too often people are in no position to do otherwise. Until those peddling pharmaceuticals as modern day wonder drugs have less power and influence we can only move towards educating people by example. There is never a place for coercion and people need to be fully on board and understand what is involved in order to emancipate themselves from the medical establishment. Healing is always a process. We must always respect people exactly where they are. Just as we would like people to be with us.
Some one liners for some fun: (they were tweets first)
I don’t choose what I want anymore. What I want chooses me. Surrender.
Healing is life pushing herself out of the cage she has been kept in.
There are things this body knows from having come back from a long withstanding flirtation w near death. Can I prove any of it? Probably not. This body knows things the intellect cannot know & so the intellect tells stories about what the body knows. This is the only way it can be.
forged like a blade in fire — coming alive
ironically and simultaneously I find that which makes me feel isolated and alone is the body felt sense of profound connection w/ all things
we are alone. we are all one.
I expect the sense of aloneness to grow just as the sense of knowledge and experience of connection does…two sides of the same coin…
More on topic:
- I experience my life now as far better than ever before…
- To be or not to be on psych meds
- The anniversary posts: the 7 years off psychiatric drugs documented
- Benzodiazepine info, news, resources and recovery stories
- Do antidepressants work?
- Monica: healing documented
- Psychiatric Drugs as Agents of Trauma — “Drug Stress Trauma Syndrome”
*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. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention.
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.