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Reframe your insomnia

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is a very common complaint. Mindfulness can help but one must first radically revision the nature of the problem.

People tend to get into a negative feedback loop with insomnia: Not getting to sleep leads to worry, leads to further difficulty sleeping, leads to more worry, leads to…. What to do? One possibility is to start thinking about the night in a different way. This is a conceptual reframing, a profoundly different paradigm regarding the issue of sleep. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Stories and blogging, sharing and telling

When a non-resonant story is forced upon us (in my case the story that psychiatry & pharma spews everywhere) it’s a violence perpetrated. It seems that for some that story is in keeping with their essence-then no violence occurs. Others aren’t conscious enough to recognize abuses being perpetrated against them. We are all conditioned with […]

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Fall into winter: a time of contraction

I always have a significant dip in how I feel in the fall and winter too. I am struggling with that as well right now. I can assure you that we do contract with the seasons and that is why it’s often more difficult in the fall. I used to think it was a huge setback but I now see it as a natural rhythm. That doesn’t mean it’s not still difficult. It is.

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How to access the information on this site

This site has about 5,000 posts/pages. The first thing one can do to familiarize oneself with the scope of the content is to peruse the drop-down menus at the top of page. Those menus organize and collect a lot of information by subject and categories. …

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Mental wellness: empowering ways to consider our difficult experiences

Part of coming to understand our profound capacities to heal and transform is to first know that it’s possible. I know 1000s of folks who’ve been able to discover this now. I have met them in mental health circles and chronic illness circles both. I’ve also met them among people who’ve never suffered in these ways but were lucky enough to be born into situations where they simply learned how to do it right from the beginning. Imagine that. We can create a world where we teach children how to profoundly take care of themselves and others. …

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Suicide prevention month. Learn to listen to and love those with these impulses.

I’m reposting the below info because today is the last day of suicide prevention month. I have seen far too many people in the care of social services and standard mental health care grossly retraumatized rather than helped when feeling their most vulnerable because people do not understand these loving, accepting and healing approaches. They are based in deep trust for the process of the individual who presents themselves in front of you. Listen. Love. … [click on title to read the post]

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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]

We all hope for the day this might happen once again

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]